Agree to disagree on Guida.
Now on Eddie. Are you talking about he will be a top 5 LW all-time? Or he will get into the current top 5? I think he currently sits in the top 5. I don't quite understand the "talent check" because, well Eddie has been fighting talented fighters for years.
Everyone knows the UFC rule, but I'll explain it again.
Unless you are fighting in the UFC, it doesn't matter whose ass you have kicked, it is considered second rate talent.
Eddie is not ranked in the top 5 right now, but if he gets in and does well (something I expect him to do) then it should be a fairly quick process to get him to his title contender fight.