Rashad has to move to MW if Jones beats Shogun, but even if Jones gets his ass kicked then one of them will more than likely become champ at some point and the problem remains because Jones now has status as a top LHW. They're both big names and very marketable, Dana's not going to let one of them knock off contenders. If they persist with this then they could cmpletely disrupt the LHW division but unfortunately for Rashad Dana doesn't stand for that crap and it's either MW for Rashad or don't fight.
As far as I'm concerned its's stupid to create these situations. Rashad and Jackson allowing such a talented LHW to join their team, then agreeing not to fight. Why bother just for the sake of an extra sparring partner? There's not many fighters as talented as JBJ, there was no need to create this mess.
But seeing as they did and that's what they wanted, they should also not be prepared to step in font of one another like has happened. Because it went from being only a minor issue to Rashad having to move divisions.
They didn't want to fight so they should have avoided each other.
They didn't avoid each other so now they should fight.
Still don't want to fight? Ok Rashad put a block on your LHW career. Good one.
Agreed! Not in everything you say, but in most parts!
Rashad put a block on his LHW career as soon as he gave the thumbsup for Jones to join Jackson Camp.
Because even at that point, Jones was slowly developing into a world class fighter.
I'm sticking by my opinion: he Rashad and Greg Jackson couldn't have predicted this situation would come so soon, only one year after Jones joined Jackson camp.
And it came after a string of unfortunate and hard to anticipate events:
1. Rashad injuring himself
2. Rampage declining the title fight against Shogun
If Rashad or Rampage would have fought Shogun for the title - we wouldn't discuss this situation right now.
We would have discussed wich contender would Jones fight next: Rampage, Machida, Griffin, Thiago Silva (without the failed drugs test). Or Shogun - win or lose against Rashad.
Allthough, the main problem wouldn't be solved this way either: Jones and Rashad crossing paths at one moment in time.
If Rashad said he is willing to drop to MW just to avoid Jones - fair play to him! Preserving your moral values, in wich you believe. I'm saying MW because, HW is out of the question imo - he isn't a big LHW so he would be a small HW = getting beat up by stronger guys.
In fact i think he could be a force at MW - he would be very strong and with his wrestling he could be a force.
But, time will tell...as is *settles down* over our infinite debates!