Originally Posted by ClydebankBlitz
The thing is, the talent level near the top is so high that it's difficult for a new fighter to make it big. Look at Jones, by having a young and dominant fighter beat everyone, so many rematches were put off. Right now, imagine Shogun was the champ still and Jones never existed. Which non-rematch fights would he be involved in right now (imagining he had a 5 fight win streak or whatever since the Jones fight). You need new guys to make it big for rematches to be avoided. Diaz being in the LW title race mixes it up, Overeem mixes it up etc. Unless a division is crazy deep, rematches are always going to catch up.
Actually it's conceivable we wouldn't have any rematches if Shogun were champion
Shogun/Rashad - would have happened, better yet Phil Davis wouldn't have been eliminated from title contention.
Shogun/Phil Davis (or Ryan Bader they would likely fight in a title eliminator).
Shogun/Henderson (when he came over)
Shogun/Gustafersson (where we are at right now)