Originally Posted by RearNaked
And you're right, Shogun didn't defend the GP belt. But people still wanted to watch him fight, more than, say, Chris Weidman. Who Anderson refuses to fight.
Now if Weidman had a belt, Anderson would kind of HAVE to fight him, wouldn't he. Especially if Weidman went and beat a couple of guys as champion
This isn't complicated.
..... Yeah Anderson would HAVE to fight him if he went and beat a few guys as champion of this fake belt you are talking about, but in your parallel universe Chris Weidman is 13-0, not 9-0. And that's the issue, he's not a big name yet because he hasn't gone and beaten a bunch of contenders.
On the topic of conversation:
There is no need for a second belt, the interim belt system works well. If the champ is out for 6 months or longer then there should be an interim title fight ASAP.
Interim champions should have to defend their title if there is time before the real champion returns.
Champions should have to fight minimum 3 times per year if not injured.