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White: If Silva beats Sonnen and Belfort, he'll need to vacate title to compete at 205

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MONTREAL – With any fighter in any division, looking beyond that competitor's next matchup is never a safe thing to do.

That's true even with the seemingly unbeatable UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who faces top contender Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in August.

But when you're 11-0 in the UFC, a different set of rules tends to apply. And while UFC president Dana White believes Sonnen may prove Silva's toughest test in recent memory, he does have an idea of where a win would take "The Spider."

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If this happens I think it will diminish the value of the middle weight strap. Silva destoryed everyone in the division. Do you really want to watch Nate and Chael go at it for the title?

Post #2   5/7/10 1:52:04PM   

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Dana White is really channeling his inner wannabe Vince McMahon with this ruling or whatever it is. The difference is that this is an actual competitive sport and Dana White should have no say over the weight class a fighter chooses to participate in.

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Posted by Giant_Ochai

Dana White is really channeling his inner wannabe Vince McMahon with this ruling or whatever it is. The difference is that this is an actual competitive sport and Dana White should have no say over the weight class a fighter chooses to participate in.



Apparently, you didn't read the article.

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How about Akiyama, or Wanderlie Silva, or Alan Belcher, or Marquardt? I don't buy the whole "cleaned out the division thing.

There are challengers out there, they just need to be given time to build a credible resume for a title shot. Have those guys fight it out and I'm sure a title challenger will emerge.

Munoz is another guy on the rise. I think anybody he gets on top of is in a hell of a lot of trouble.

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Seriously? and what about the incoming class of middleweights from TUF? Come on, guys. He's cleaned out a division. If your argument includes the statement "he just needs to give these guys time to build a credible resumé" then you know as well as I do, Anderson has cleaned house. Fighters are never going to stop entering the UFC. Every fighter will eventually need time to build a credible resumé. There's immediate competition for him at 205, however. I support this. Have for some time.

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I sort of support it, and sort of don't. Forcing a well traveled champion to vacate a title is BS. But perhaps dangling a bigger sized carrot in front of him to move up, then do that.

But inner Vince, yessir. I just want to see Anderson move on to a more competitive division, I want to see a catch between GSP and Anderson...

Better yet, Frank Mir and Anderson.

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Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

Seriously? and what about the incoming class of middleweights from TUF? Come on, guys. He's cleaned out a division. If your argument includes the statement "he just needs to give these guys time to build a credible resumé" then you know as well as I do, Anderson has cleaned house. Fighters are never going to stop entering the UFC. Every fighter will eventually need time to build a credible resumé. There's immediate competition for him at 205, however. I support this. Have for some time.



He hasn't cleaned out a division until he's beaten every fighter in the division that has a chance of beating him. He hasn't done that and as you said new fighters are always coming in, so he never will.

It's dumb to have him move up and vacate the belt because who ever wins it while he's away will be a paper champion having never beaten the former champ.

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i gotta agree after sonnen and belfort move up in weight and then push gsp to middleweight

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I love dominant champions.

Moving between weight classes sometimes diminishes legacies too. For the most part, the most legendary fighters in combat sports are multi-time or long-term champions.

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why can bj be champ in 2weight classes at the same time if he wants and anderson will have to vacate his belt ?

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All I am saying is that enough is enough. I have been advocating for a long time if you check other threads that everyone from B.J. Penn to Silva move up. It's time to shake a few things up. The next champs won't look so paper "championy" if we move several champs.

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Posted by submissionartist1

why can bj be champ in 2weight classes at the same time if he wants and anderson will have to vacate his belt ?



I think you have to go to bjpenn.com to find out.

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Post #13   5/7/10 11:25:39PM