I see Penn being handled by Fitch, Alves & KOS.
Fitch just got his shot so his out for a little while.
imo Kos will earn it after his next fight + GSP made him his bitch not a long time ago.
Alves earned it after his win to Kos and will definitely get it after Penn. If Alves made weight against Hughes, I think they might have considered him before Penn, but who's fault is it if he didn't?
Even A.Silva is not a contender at LHW even with his skills, even with his quick victory over Irvin.
Silva could get his shot @ 205 in 2009 if we wanted but he stated he didn't want to be on Machida's way + if he wanted a shot, he'd have to fight Lyoto or his friend Wandy (assuming he beats Page) before, fights that none of them would accept. Brazilians are just like that I guess.
I see the UFC having 2 measure in their system. In the end its all about money and 2 guy getting screwed over (Alves and Florian)
That's what I think and said many times: PPV drive title fights/main events. But again, is the UFC (a business) the only one to blame here? What about us the viewers, that are more or less willing to purchase PPV only depending on how bad we wanna see this or this fight? Who drive PPVs thus fights? Don't you think MMA fans are to blame even more?
If we really were interested in watching fighters that deserve their shot as much as we are in watching "big names" facing each other, the system would definitely be different. Everything relies on us. I'm actually thankful to the UFC for understanding this system, understanding how we behave as buyers, making money and staying in business because I can't see them going out of business too. What would we have left???