If that obligation really matter, then Dana White should strip him of the belt or create a second belt. Reality is the man is Anderson Silva, there is a list of fighters waiting for their shot, but they will only get it by default. The second best guy in the division is Sonnen, then Belfort, who both lost to the champ. Let CW fight one of them.
At what point do you stop believing the hype that a MW will beat Silva? Everybody the man has defeated was dubbed the guy. It's now 2012, CW has been impressive, but really if you are the champ would you take him seriously?
It really has nothing to do with hype as far as I'm concerned.
Junior will have fought twice this year, Bones will fight twice, Condit if he wins will have fought twice, Bendo will have fought twice, Aldo will have fought twice, and Benavidez has fought twice, Johnson has fought three times this year.
All the Champs have fought twice or more except Cruz who coached TUF and got hurt on the set, Barao's fought twice though. All the Champs will have fought twice this year except the ones who are injured so why can't Anderson provided he's not injured? The UFC constantly say "the best in the world fight three times a year" so why is Anderson being allowed to just sit out and in the process put Chris Weidman's life on hold since Boestch can't fight him due to his injury?
I wanna see all of these guys fight and for Anderson to hold out due to politics is ridiculous, regardless of if he's the greatest of all time or not, the other Champs fought twice, why can't he? Because Weidman isn't known enough? Do a Primetime then, build him up, if you look at all the contenders he's the guy that has the best chance of beating Anderson and he's the guy that just wrecked the number three guy in the world. If they wanna be a big player in the world of SPORTS it's time to act like a SPORT.