MMA is a spectator sport. The fans are what keep it alive. The fans should get what they want. If you arent trying to please the people who pay your salary, then you are you trying to please? I dont think the demand for this fight is that high right now, but if Machida rolls off a couple of title defenses and Silva continues to do what he does best, the casual fans will start to want to see this fight just like us hardcore fans. If it comes to that, then i will be very irritated at them not fighting. We are the reason they are able to live very comfortable lives right now.
You have a point, we (fans, casual & hardcore) pay their salaries, and they, like all professional athletes, are ENTERTAINERS. But to even imply they are not trying to please the fans? Anderson's fight against a fellow Brazilian (like two fights ago, you know who I'm talking about)was sort of a dud, but mostly he's been one of the best fighters to watch! Machida has stated, and does appear to be trying to put on a better show in his last couple fights.
It's fun to even debate who would win, and where their strengths would likely be, and I can't say I'm not dissapointed to not see the fight. Having said that, there are some great fights left for Machida before he clears out lhw . . .. The middleweight in the ufc doesn't have that depth, but that is a little mute if Anderson is retiring anyway - Silva himself is proposing some fights I'm very interested to see. And I still hold that it is cool to see Anderson push himself even if he's not fighting for the title. It'd be epic to watch Silva/Machida fight, but those guys more than deliver entertainment (Machida better more recently, although I've enjoyed all his fights)in their fights, and you may have to be content to speculate on what outcome would result from a showdown between the two. If they were in the same division, I'd cry BS and demand the fight, but they are providing great shows w/o fighting each other, and given the separate champs, we may have to be content with what we got, which ain't bad.