I just can't believe a fighter would limit his career and his success in a situation like this. Realistically they could have avoided each other, but they haven't, so now Rashad could be done at LHW. No one wants to see him knocking off contenders and never fight for the title. That's bullshit. The whole thing is ridiculous. They need to be more professional and deal with it, or they shouldn't have created it in the first place.
Ever allowing a division to get into the situation where the top 2 fighters wont fight? Disastrous. Why? Who does the #3 guy fight? Do they flip a coin? What about the #4? Will every fighter have to go through the #2 guy? If so, who will fight the champ???
Its a god damn mine field and the only reason people think its ok for team mates not to fight, is because it hasn't actually been a problem yet.
But, long term, it'll have to stop for the sake of the belts... which are worthless when the champ has never fought the #1 contender. Having he belt without knowing you are the best is bullshit. Good luck sleeping with that.