Had me smilling for 5 minutes.
Annyway, to add my contribution to this: i see this very simple: if Shogun turned down the Teixeira fight, because Teixeira doesn't hold much name value...he should have definitely turned down Brandon Vera, for the same reason.
As far as i'm concerned Vera is/should be ranked lower than Teixeira...or at pretty much the same position.
It's extremely hard to make a case for Vera being a TOP 20 LHW...TOP 15 is taking it into imagination land.
Teixeira's story sound a bit like Lombard's, but he doesn't have the same name recognition, because he hasn't fought in the US.
Lombard - 5 years/23 fight unbeaten run.
Teixeira * 6 years/17 fight unbeaten run.
Both of them have fought guys who are considered lower ranked...or even cans by some.
The difference is Lombard has fought in the US a lot, while Teixeira hasn't, therefore he is more recognised by the average MMA fan.
And the average fan is the one the UFC is hinting at right now.
To end this, i just feel Shogun is ducking Teixeira. And i also believe he lost some fans or some respect because of this.
The important thing to keep in mind is that Lombard if fighting in front of audiences of 200k people. There isn't a single person that watches these fights that is going to start watching just because they saw Lombard on MTV2.
Not even a 10th of the usual FOX audience has watched Lombard fight before...it's ridiculous to say that Lombard deserves a ME against Stann after ZERO fights in the UFC than Glover stepping in to fight Fraudgun after wasting a guy in 3 minutes.
ANd to top it all off..recently on Sherdog, Fradgun basically admitted to ducking Glover because a win "did nothing for his career"....which is asinine because it assumes that he's going to be first in line for a title shot for being a guy who LITERALLY GOT ******* CUT A FIGHT AGO...and was only brought back to nearly get KO"d by literal Elliot Marshall because of a bad urine test.
Exactly. Dana has marketed his new addition to LHW expertly. Spoke of his name in the same sentence as Shogun's just after an impressive win, now every fighter in the division is apparently browning their undies over a 32 year old newcomer.
Glover can potentially make waves in the division but how many of you knew this before last week? Marketing at its finest, shame that in the same breath he managed to make one of his top fighters look bad.
And I hate how everyone downplays or just totally ignores Shogun's win over Griffin. Forrest was on a two fight win streak going into that fight and many picked him to win.
People who actually watch MMA.
I was excited as hell when he finally got his green card. I originally thought he was going to Bellator and absolutely WIPE THE FLOOR with everyone in that horrible division....but I was even more excited when he signed with the UFC.
Hell even Rogan after he wasted Kingsbury said he'd be following the guy for a while and was hyping him up as a contender.
Also lmfao at this. He literally won a split decision over Tito and beat a washed up Rich Franklin moving up in weight.
He was at least a 2 to 1 dog and for good reason.