In that sense any Jon Jones fight is a freak show fight since his body is much larger and more gifted for MMA then any other fighter in that divison. Hell the guy made Rampage Jackson look small.
I dont know man i dont see the difference between it being his first or third fight at MW. It is just weight not different rules or something that he has to get used to. And his title shot imo is more then justified. Hell why not make the fight at 182 pounds then...
I dont get your comment about 1 guy having more to lose and that making it a freak show. When Anderson Silva fights he has ALOT more to lose then any of his opponents at this point. Not only does he have his title to lose but his win streak and his p4p best title and possibly sponsors, etc etc. And we dont consider those to be freak show fights.
Anyway man that is okay that you consider it a freak show. I just think the reasons given so far have been fairly weak and bias.
To be clear, Ive never once said I have any interest in Silva vs Bones, for exactly the same reasons. There's no bias to my argument. I simply want what's best for the sport I love.
And yes, if Silva has much more to lose then his opponent, then its not a super fight. Super fights are between two evenly matched opponent. Where both of them are the same weight and are on equally impressive runs. Silva fighting anybody at MW is not a super fight, for this very reason. If another MW was 10-0 beating top level competition ( like Hendrix ) then thats more like it. But right now, the UFC divisions are so shallow that super fights simply cant exist... so we end up making champs move up or down chasing so called super-fights.
I say feck "super fights" till the divisions are deep enough to properly justify the title.