Posted by Loot613
Alot of speculation has been going around lately about #1 contenders, champions and who should fight who. I've set up some questions that I will answer myself after a few have weighed in on the subject. I will concentrate on UFC. Please rank as you see fit and add fighters you think are relevant to the discussion, btw I will put confirmed fighters who will fight for titles down too just for levity.
Light Weight? (Florian, Sherk, T. Griffin, Guida)
Welter Weight? (D. Sanchez, T. Alves, KOS, Swick)
Middle Weight? (D. Maia, D. Henderson, Okami, Cote)
Light Heavy Weight (Rampage, Liddel, W. Silva, Machida, Shogun, T. Silva)
Heavy Weight (Lesnar, Mir, Kongo, C.Valasquez)
#1 Do you think champions should fight champions (ie. GSP vs Penn)
#2 Do you beleive in gatekeepers? guys that should not fight for the title but should have to be beaten for a shot. (ie. Rich Franklin, K. Parisyan)
#3 Who should move up or down in weight class?
Excluding fights for the title already set to take place
#1 - Florian
#2 - Tyson (if he beats Sherk)
#1 - Winner of Alves/Sanchez
#2 - Koscheck (with one more win)
#1 - Okami
#2 - Winner of Leben/Bisping
#1 - Lyoto Machida (if he wins against Thiago)
#2 - Chuck Liddell (if he wins against Rashad)
* In the event that Lyoto loses, Chuck moves up, Thiago takes Chucks spot
#1 - Werdum
#2 - Cain Velasquez
First, Champions should fight champions, for many reasons. First, when the champ cleans their weight class out, like Anderson Silva at MW or soon to be GSP at WW, what other choice do they have to change divisions and fight the best. They need competition. Then the whole #1 P4P fighter ranking comes into play. It can prove once and for all who the better fighter is. If both fighters can make weight then I think its great.
Second, there will always be gate keepers, whether you want them or not. For instance, Tyson Griffin vs Sean Sherk. If Griffin beats sherk, he will be coming off of 5 straight wins, all against tough opponents. He clearly deserves a shot. On the other hand, if Sherk wins, he does not deserve a title shot. His last fight was a loss against the champ, and this would be his first win. He needs a few more victories before he is ready. So yes, there will always be gate keepers.
Lastly, on moving up and down in weight classes. The only fighter I see really benefiting from changing weight classes would be GSP. GSP should clear out the WW division with a few more fights and move up to fight Anderson Silva for the MW title. GSP is a huge 170 and could easily make 185. I think that he would have the best shot at beating Anderson. GSP would be able to take him down at will, and if Hendo can GNP Anderson, GSP certainly can. He is also skilled in JJ, so I don't see him getting submitted by Silva. If GSP could manage to keep the fight on the ground, he certainly could grind out a victory. Other than that, Hendo should stay at 185, he has the best shot at the belt there and Vera should stick to 205 and never even think about going back to HW.