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Old 07-13-2011, 05:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I don't see the problem with stalling the FW division. The FW division needs to be stalled because there aren't any true contenders after Florian. Aldo can defend his LW belt while the FW division catches up in the meantime and produces a contender every now and then. Even if Aldo only defended his FW belt once in and defended his LW belt 3 times over the course of the year, that would be good enough because the FW division doesnt have any challengers to offer and four fights in one year is not overwhelming or too taxing.

It would be great for the UFC on multiple fronts. First, the UFC could hype the shit out of Aldo and make him a superstar by marketing him as the first double champion in history. Second, this newfound stardom would garner more interest and legitimacy in the featherweight division, which would not only make more fans care about the lighter guys but also make more fighters compete in the FW division which would in turn help it grow and produce more contenders.

Aldo can become MMA's answer to Pacquiao: a foreign lightweight with crazy speed and striking who holds belts in multiple weight classes and draws big attention to the lighter fighters.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:06 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I don't see the problem with stalling the FW division. The FW division needs to be stalled because there aren't any true contenders after Florian. Aldo can defend his LW belt while the FW division catches up in the meantime and produces a contender every now and then. Even if Aldo only defended his FW belt once in and defended his LW belt 3 times over the course of the year, that would be good enough because the FW division doesnt have any challengers to offer and four fights in one year is not overwhelming or too taxing.

It would be great for the UFC on multiple fronts. First, the UFC could hype the shit out of Aldo and make him a superstar by marketing him as the first double champion in history. Second, this newfound stardom would garner more interest and legitimacy in the featherweight division, which would not only make more fans care about the lighter guys but also make more fighters compete in the FW division which would in turn help it grow and produce more contenders.

Aldo can become MMA's answer to Pacquiao: a foreign lightweight with crazy speed and striking who holds belts in multiple weight classes and draws big attention to the lighter fighters.
I disagree... I think it makes a mockery of both the FW and LW division. It basically says between two weight classes, neither can produce a contender to beat one man.

Sure they hype the shit out of Aldo, but in doing so, take a huge dump on the rest of the FW and LW division.

I guess I could also take another avenue here... the LW is already pretty stacked with contenders. You could make a good argument for a lot of guys deserving to have a title shot on their horizon. You're looking at probably another year to year and a half before Aldo should even be offered a shot, otherwise it throws the huge wrench in the division like Edger vs Maynard III and what it did to Pettis.
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I disagree... I think it makes a mockery of both the FW and LW division. It basically says between two weight classes, neither can produce a contender to beat one man.

Sure they hype the shit out of Aldo, but in doing so, take a huge dump on the rest of the FW and LW division.

I guess I could also take another avenue here... the LW is already pretty stacked with contenders. You could make a good argument for a lot of guys deserving to have a title shot on their horizon. You're looking at probably another year to year and a half before Aldo should even be offered a shot, otherwise it throws the huge wrench in the division like Edger vs Maynard III and what it did to Pettis.
I didn't consider the fact of how stacked the LW division is. 1-6 are very closely matched. ( by 1-6 I mean Edgar/Maynard, Miller, Henderson, Guillard, Pettis in that order). Aldo wouldn't get a shot for a long while. If he vacated his FW title he'd have NO title for 12 months. Even though he is a champion and a damn good one it would be terrible if he leap frogged all of those contenders.
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