Posted by Manfred
I would think as long as he defends one at least every 3-5 months, then he's earned it. They should give him the choice of fighting often or fessing one of the belts up.
He's been part of 13 fight cards* over the last 60 months. That's an average of one fight every 4-and-a-half months, which is right in line with what you're saying. However, a few of those fights were at 205 lbs, even before he had two belts, which contributed to his lack of title defenses.
It's already been three months since he defeated Silva, but I expect there's been a delay for every Pride fighter due to the sale. Let's say he fights in August. Then he fights again in December, as part of a "Super Bowl of MMA" (he says he wants to fight Liddell). Then he fights again in March or April of 2008.
So we would have to wait 11 months for either a 205-lb or 185-lb title fight. My guess is they'll give Shogun a shot before they give Filho or Kang a shot, but that's just a guess. They've set up Filho and Kang to compete not just with each other, but with Shogun, for a title shot.
Keep in mind, this would be regardless of whether he wins or loses either fight. If he won both, rinse and repeat for another year.
* He fought 14 fights over 13 events; he had two fights on 09/25/05, the finale of the 185-lb tournament. I counted that as one fight, for these purposes.