Posted by tallica62
Riddle me this batman:
Phil Davis defeats Gustafsson. Davis loses to Rashad Evans via decision.
Gustafsson loses to Phil Davis. Gustafsson gets potential title shot.
Yes, you can say maybe Phil would have gotten the title had he beat Rashad, BUT Rashad wasn't given that opportunity, and it was never even in the talks.
Rashad got the next title shot, less than 3 months after busting up Davis. Can't ask for a better timeframe than that.
Phil Davis isn't in the title talk at all right now. He was given a likeable but overmatched striker in the next fight. Davis threw Prado around like a pillow all night.
The Davis / Gustafsson was almost 3 years ago. Since then, Gustafsson has won 5 straight against decent guys. He's also one of the few LHWs with the frame and striking prowess to threaten Bones, though I think he could lose on the feet and would certainly be outclassed on the ground. If he wins the next fight (which I think he will, barring Shogun's knees miraculously rejuvenating), he'll not only have beaten a top 10 guy but the former champ that the current champ beat.
I still feel that Hendo is the more exciting fight for Bones, but we know what happened there. And he's still got go to through Machida, who I agree is a terrible opponent for him. Gustafsson would make sense presuming he wins.
Shogun? Well, that's another story. If he looks like he has since losing the belt, well, I'd be a little uncomfortable seeing him fight Bones again.