Originally Posted by cezwan
ive been saying this for a while, but i still think Silva should just relinquish hes MW title and chase down the LHW title.
before people starting saying "but Machida is there.."
is saying this, not the people. The fans are just repeating what he's saying.
lets be realistic, as good as machida is, the UFC will do everything in their power for him not to get a title shot due to the "excitement" factor.
But see, he still gets the best match up ever in Thiago Silva.
I was thinking like you not too long ago but I think the UFC realized Machida will be ending up there sooner or later and they can't do much about it. So instead of continuing "fighting" against him, they're starting to hyping him up. That's why you'll see Dana saying more and more stuff like "Machida is Anderson's successor.. could be the next best P4P fighter, etc." and that's also why he's co-main event on a pretty stacked card, when he's fighting a not so well known fighter.
I wouldn't be surprised if after a win over Thiago, he gets a top LHW or the loser of Page/Wandy and after that he gets a shot to the title (should he win both fights). Thales "who?" is getting an undeserved title shot, so why not Machida after all.