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Old 10-05-2011, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sonnen-Stann winner not guaranteed UFC title shot, Henderson could make bid with win

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HOUSTON – While this weekend's UFC 136 event is headlined by a pair of title fights, the middleweight contest between Chael Sonnen (25-11-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Brian Stann (11-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is also rife with championship implications.

However, the winner won't necessarily book a future date with 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC).

Recent Strikeforce import Dan Henderson (28-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) meets Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in November, and UFC president Dana White said a win could rush him to the front of the line.

"Should Dan win, he's definitely one of the guys that could go take that fight," White said today following a UFC 136 pre-event press conference.

The move would seem a slight departure from White's August claims that the winner of the Sonnen-Stann matchup "should be" in line to meet Silva. But White said that his position hasn't necessarily changed. There are just more options available with Henderson's arrival.

"I'm not even thinking about [Silva's next opponent] yet," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We'll figure it out after. But I still feel that way."

Some MMA pundits have suggested that UFC brass is simply waiting on the results of Sonnen-Stann to make a decision. After all, if Sonnen should prove victorious, how could White not book the big-money rematch with Silva? But Stann, well he might just not be ready for "The Spider," even if he downs Sonnen.

Ludicrous, said White.

"How could you feel that if Sonnen wins, he deserves a shot at the title, but if not Stann doesn't?" White asked. "Stann's been on a tear. He beat some good guys and looked good doing it – (Chris) Leben, (Jorge) Santiago and now Chael? That would be tough to deny him."

Of course, one huge variable is Silva's health. Henderson revealed at a recent press conference that he had pined for a rematch with the Brazilian champ, but Silva's injuries prevented the UFC from pitting the two against each other.

Today, White admitted he had wanted to book Silva vs. Henderson II.

"If he was able to fight, I probably would have done him and Dan Henderson," White said.

But White said Silva fans need to become overly worried. The champ is simply partaking in a little doctor-ordered R&R.

"It's not that [Silva] has some serious injury," White said. "He has bursitis in his shoulder. The doctor told him he needs to rest it for eight weeks or whatever it was. He's doing physical therapy, so it's not like he has some injury that needs surgery or anything like that.

"As amazing as this guy is, we forget that he's 37 years old – 37. He's been involved in martial arts his whole life. Bursitis makes sense."

Henderson, who walked away from Strikeforce's 205-pound title in order to return to the UFC for the first time since 2009, has said the only way he's willing to move back down to the middleweight division is for a shot at Silva – a man who defeated him in March 2008 in the headlining bout of UFC 82.

But first comes Rua in the main event of November's UFC 139. And if all goes well, it could be Henderson who gets the next crack at Silva instead of Sonnen or Stann.

"It would be tough to say that if Henderson beats 'Shogun' that Henderson doesn't deserve the shot," White said.

So as Silva heals and waits for his next assignment, he'll have to be an interested spectator in a handful of upcoming matched rather than focusing his attention on just one. White said the possibilities are numerous, but the decisions have yet to be made.

"We don't know," White said. "We've got to see what happens."

Source: MMAJunkie


So with a LHW win he will be a contender at MW? I guess from a business standpoint I understand but that's not fair to Sonnen or Stann.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope this holds up but we all know this is just the exit strategy if stann wins.If sonnen wins best believe he is going to get the title shot



Which is just retarded
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On a personal level, I hope Hendo gets the shot because I'd like to see that fight.

However, I don't think getting a win in one division qualifies you to get a title shot in a completely different division, although as we all know, this isn't something new, it's happened before.
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So Dan Henderson's gonna get a shot at the winner of Jones/Evans and Anderson?

What the hell is his secret?
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So it looks like it's gonna be:

1. Henderson
2. Sonnen/Stann
3. Winner of Mayhem/Bisping Vs Winner of Leben/Munoz for next shot?

Pretty much locked up for the next 12 months... Some hard work ahead for Vitor to get back up for another shot.
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Hendo getting a shot makes no sense what so ever especially considering that he has already said he has no interest in fighting anyone at MW except for Silva. What if Hendo wins? Then what? Unless they are just gonna do it as a non title fight at 205 its pointless.
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Hendo getting a shot makes no sense what so ever especially considering that he has already said he has no interest in fighting anyone at MW except for Silva. What if Hendo wins? Then what? Unless they are just gonna do it as a non title fight at 205 its pointless.
But I bet giving it to sonnen does, right?
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this is so stupid, a LHW win shouldn't give you a mw title shot. Dan Henderson is overrated and Shogun will murder him anyways.
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this is so stupid, a LHW win shouldn't give you a mw title shot. Dan Henderson is overrated and Shogun will murder him anyways.
Where was this outcry when a MW win/title gave shields a title shot against gsp? Hell vitor didnt even need one MW fight under his belt before facing anderson.Sometimes you got to look at the legends body of work & just do whats right for business/the sport
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But I bet giving it to sonnen does, right?
Did you bother to read past the part you bolded before responding?

Yes Sonnen is a better challenger, why because Sonnen is interested in fighting at MW, Dan only wants to fight Silva so if Dan wins is he just gonna dump the belt and go back up to LHW? If he only is interested to cutting to MW in order to avenge his loss to Silva then its is a shit decision to give him a title shot.
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