I think we're all in agreement about the Middleweight division. About once a week we get a new post declaring that the UFC should get Henderson, Lindland, Kang, Filho, Trigg, Frank Shamrock, or the Easter Bunny to fight 185. Been there, done that.
As for the Heavyweight division, I don't entirely agree or disagree.
While I'd love to see all sorts of tournaments featuring UFC fighters, I don't think it should be for the belt. I liked that Pride kept the two "tracks" separate.
I agree with your (unwritten) assertion that none of the current Heavyweights has exactly earned a title shot. I think Kongo, Nogueira, Arlovski and Sylvia could be worthy, with another decent win apiece. However, I think it would be unfair to give those four guys the same shot as Vera, Gonzaga, Werdum, and Cro Cop. In a sense, you'd be forgiving those last four guys their recent losses. Tim Sylvia just beat Vera, and Kongo beat Cro Cop. That shouldn't count for nothing.
So if Couture is done, I'd say make Kongo, Nog, AA, and Big Tim a "mini-tourney" for the belt. I'd match up Kongo vs. Arlovski and Nogueira vs. Sylvia. The winner of those fights would then have 3 consecutive victories (except for Sylvia, who would only have 2), which I think is a deserving number for a title shot.
Posted by ohiostate1016
[...]you can't really have a Grand Prix in the UFC.
Just to clarify, you're correct, in the sense that Dana White has said that he doesn't like tournaments, and won't promote one, but there's no reason the UFC couldn't
do a tournament.