Winner of Vera/Couture.. Title shot???
Hear me out here...
I was thinking about it. You have Shogun fighting for the title in a month, and Vera Couture right after that.
Assuming Machida defeats Shogun, or even if Shogun defeats Machida... if either victor comes out unharmed, they will most likely be looking to defend by March or so, maybe even February.
So who challenges?
Rashad and Rampage? Regardless of when it happens, they're next fight will have to be against each other after the termoil they are going to continue to stir on TUF. And they are predicting March for this confrontation, meaning at best... they would be ready to challenge by next summer.
Thiago Silva? Maybe if Shogun wins, but I don't see that happening... and I personally am not real interested in Machida/Silva 2, "The Beatdown".
Rich Franklin? just lost.
Forrest Griffin? Apparently fell off the planet, and will need a win or two before that can be considered.
Jon Jones? Still too early I think... and is yet to defeat a real a-lister.
Anderson Silva? Again, only if Shogun wins...
Chuck Liddell? Off dancing with Stars.
Tito Ortiz? Just came back, I think he's going to need a few more victories than Coleman to be in line.
Keith Jardine? Just lost.
I'm a Vera fan, and I don't think he can beat Machida, who I'm a bigger fan of... but honestly. Who else could they really lineup (at this point) other than him or Couture?