....yes? The UFC is generally where the best fighters fight.
Lombard has been like an 8:1 favorite in all his Bellator fights. Say what you want about the UFC MW division, but Lombard needs to stop messing around in a second tier organization if he wants to be considered a top fighter.
Generally, sure the UFC is where the best fighters fight, BW, LW, WW and LHW divisions are well rounded out for the UFC. The HW and FW are respectable, some might argue that they aren't as great as they could be, but I wouldn't.
But the MW division, the Middleweight division is in the dumpster. Guys who fight for the title are CUT two fights later, guys who fight for some other divisions are headlining cards two fights later. While Leites and Cote are cut after fighting for the title, guys like Maia who win after fighting for the title, move down
One of the big reasons I don't give Anderson Silva that much credit for what he's done is because the MW division is such a joke. The three biggest names, the guys who are main eventing as MW's are Silva, Wanderlei, and Bisping aren't really middleweights but rather light heavyweights. The MW division is basically the B level 205 title.
I look at Strikeforce and I see more true MW's in their Welter weights, Middleweights, and Light Heavyweight divisions than I see with regularity in the UFC. If Lombard just sits and waits the 185ers will come to him because signing with the UFC just means being swallowed up by the 205 machine.
It should make you angry that for a LW or LHW they have to fight over half a dozen times on main cards to work their way up but Brian F'n Stann will beat Santiago and may very well be the next in line for a title shot. He'll have 2 to 3 main card fights, take a shot at Anderson....and likely be cut 2 fights later. The same time it takes Jon Fitch to work his way to another title shot is the UFC life cycle of a MW title contender.