Posted by Aether
no one said the suggestion itself was ridiculous. I said that it is ridiculous for them to dictate what contender matches should be happening for their own fighter.
It's not about whether it's correct or not, or whether the claim itself is ridiculous, it's about the fact that it's not their place to decide when contender matches take place and amongst whom. Whether they're right or not isn't what people are arguing here.
If Lesnar or any of his trainers said that Carwin should fight someone else for contention and that Brock would wait I'd be willing to bet people would react quite badly. It's just not their place to decide who other people should be fighting.
While analagous in some ways, your comparison does not really account for the peripherals in both particular situations. Lesnar turning down a challenge from an "unready Carwin" holds three key differences from the Silva suggestion: 1) Lesnar is a relatively new champion with a division that holds many different contenders, 2) Lesnar has never fought Carwin, and 3) the stature of Anderson Silva, the world destroyer, trumps the status of Lesnar, a novice in a division of novices and legends.
I look at it slightly differently: Anderson Silva is the champion. Assuming he wants the best fighters to fight him, why wouldn't he have a say in what he thinks of the division he leads?
Anderson Silva constantly refers to how close he is to the end of his time as a fighter, and considering that, I think it fits within his privileges to find the best fights, be it at middleweight, light heavyweight, or heavyweight within an organization that will profit off whatever he does until he finally does retire. Long-term champions (or even long-term main event-caliber fighters) are generally afforded some extraneous negotiation rights; I remember last summer Forrest Griffin signalling that he would not want a fight with Lyoto Machida, who at the time was a threat that casual fans lacked information about.
The suggestion itself, which you seem to think is irrelevant to the motion he is making, if of key importance: Marquardt and Henderson are the two fighters that fans, journalists, and Dana White himself are currently floating around as the top contenders to the middleweight belt, and in most situations where there are two contenders to a belt with equitable stake to the first challenge, they are pitted against each other (Swick vs. Kampmann and Evans vs. Liddell) come to mind; this particular situation is odd in that both fighters already have losses to Anderson Silva on their record. Taking all that into account, Silva's camp's suggestion is a suggestion that takes into account the way the UFC generally conducts itself. (I doubt Silva's camp would make this suggestion if Maia had won at 102.)