Originally Posted by herton17
You said you wanted to see them be tested before a title shot...In my opinion his fight with Karo was real test. But yeah, I would definitely not mind seeing Diego - Hughes. I think it'd be a good chess match (with brute force).
Well beating Karo was a gateway for GSP to get a title shot (after first dismantling Heiron), and despite GSP being an undefeated big shot from TKO/UCC, he probably wasn't ready for Hughes. At least not mentally.
GSP then had to go through a gauntlet of great fighters to get a rematch (Penn, Sherk, Trigg, Miller, Strasser). By the time he made it back to the title he was ready and he dominated.
I guess I'm saying Sanchez hasn't paid his dues and needs a big test before fighting for the title. As we saw with Georges, maybe Karo isn't a good indicator. And I know someone will say that Georges was winning the first round with Hughes before getting caught but Georges attributed his loss to mental unpreparedness, so there you go.
Even Diego says he wants to fight Hughes before GSP, though I doubt he would turn down a shot at the title if offered it today (with the appropriate pay-out). A few decision wins, knocking out Riggs, and a narrow decision over Parisyan is nice on a resume but I don't know that it is proof he should be a title holder.