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The next fight for the light heavyweight title in the UFC will pit champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua against top contender Rashad Evans, but it looks like that fight will have to wait until 2011.

UFC president Dana White, who said after Shogun's fight with Lyoto Machida that he was undergoing knee surgery, says that the champion is recovering well, but is likely out until next year.

"Shogun's great, his knee's coming along great, it's all good," said White. "He probably won't fight till next March."

Putting the fight back until March also puts Evans on the shelf for the rest of 2010, assuming the UFC wants to leave him as the top contender, while the rest of the division sorts itself out.

A rumored match-up between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was reported on Wednesday, but White put water on that fire saying they've made no decisions regarding the next round of fights for those involved.

The UFC president alluded to Jackson's continued work with promoting the "A-Team" movie overseas. Decisions will be made after he returns.

Other contenders like Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, and Rich Franklin will continue to battle it out and by the time Rua and Evans do go to battle, a new top dog in the division should be sorted out.
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For starters i really hope they allow the Rampage - Nog fight to go ahead, i think that would be excellent.

Secondly it is a shame that Shogun will be out for so long; i wonder if they will give Rashad another fight before then? Odds are that they will, unless he wants to sit it out until then.


I think i might be in love the LHW and HW divisions at the minute, there is just so much on the horizon.
 

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Interim belt then..
Ug, no interim belt for the love of mercy. Strip Shogun of the belt or let him keep it, but interim belts are such a waste of freaking time.

Either there's a champ or there isn't - there's not halfie-champs.

I say let Shogun keep his belt and let the contenders continue to sort themselves out in one of the UFC's most competitive divisions.
 

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strip shogun of the belt, Rashad is supposed to be #1 contender and is he supposed to wait basically a year to fight..

Have another contenders fight and whoever wins that, have them face Rashad for the LHW belt.
 

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I don't think Rashad should wait until March to fight in any event. He either needs to fight for an interim belt, he needs to fight for the real belt, or he needs to stay active against another top contender.

He could fight Bader, Nog, Couture or the winner of Jones v Matyushenko.
 

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"Shogun's great, his knee's coming along great, it's all good," said White. "He probably won't fight till next March."

It's 'all good' that a champions out for 8months? Yeah it's just dandy Dana...
 

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Shogun's career is done, what a great talent to whither away because of injuries, its sad to see. How long he has been out due to injuries since he joined the UFC in 2007? its gotta be a damn long time.

And dont expect to see a 100% shogun in his first match back, it basically took him a year to get to the level he was at against Machida from his previous knee injury.

This isnt some small knee scope like some people were saying when news first hit, 1 year is no simple knee surgery.
 

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Machida v Evans for Interim title, later this year say novemeber time, then winner fights Rua when Rua returns.
 

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Machida v Evans for Interim title, later this year say novemeber time, then winner fights Rua when Rua returns.
machida doesn't deserve to fight for the interim title just yet and i don't want to see him in rematches either, let him fight rampage, lil nog or forrest.
 

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Perfect time for a mini tournament, rashad and Machida fight for title, and then you have nog/rampage winner fight Bones/mayushenko winner at 122 (end of December) for the right to fight rashad/Machida in feb/march with an ultimate unification with Shogun in may!!

Make it so Dana!!
 

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Machida v Evans for Interim title, later this year say novemeber time, then winner fights Rua when Rua returns.
How does Machida deserve a shot at a belt he lost by devastating fashion the second time, and lost the first time in many peoples opinion also.

Machida needs to get at least 2 wins before he gets back in the title picture.
 

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Why is everyone so quick to want an interim champion? That means absolutely nothing in the world of MMA. It is just good for marketing a fight to have a "champion" and then when the real champ comes back to fight the "interim champ", they can sell it as 2 champions fighting each other. In the world of MMA, all the "interim champion" is is the #1 contender with a cool belt.
 

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I'm not saying interim. Any other sport in the world if you can't defend your title you forfeit it, I know it would be harsh as Brock kept his for a year but I don't agree with it
 

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Why is everyone so quick to want an interim champion? That means absolutely nothing in the world of MMA. It is just good for marketing a fight to have a "champion" and then when the real champ comes back to fight the "interim champ", they can sell it as 2 champions fighting each other. In the world of MMA, all the "interim champion" is is the #1 contender with a cool belt.
Exactly Hit :thumbsup:

It's just worth nothing! Either we strip Shogun from the Belt or we let him keep it. I would say, that we have to strip him off.. because 8 months is just to long in my eyes.
 

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Why is everyone so quick to want an interim champion? That means absolutely nothing in the world of MMA. It is just good for marketing a fight to have a "champion" and then when the real champ comes back to fight the "interim champ", they can sell it as 2 champions fighting each other. In the world of MMA, all the "interim champion" is is the #1 contender with a cool belt.
Yea, that pretty much sums it up. The belt means nothing to the champ either because he has to prove he is the champ every time he fights.

The interim is there for the guy who already proved he's the #1 contender to have something shiny to fight for since he can't fight for the real belt through not fault of his own.

Injuries also add an element of uncertainty to the picture. We expect Shogun to be back by May, but it isn't set in stone. What if come December complications in the rehab push his recovery back further? Then UFC has to scramble to get their division back on track.

I think interim titles have a place in the sport and aren't as meaningless as made out to be.
 

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Exactly Hit :thumbsup:

It's just worth nothing! Either we strip Shogun from the Belt or we let him keep it. I would say, that we have to strip him off.. because 8 months is just to long in my eyes.
GSP was off for 8 months after the Thiago Alves fight. Anderson Silva was out for 8 months after the Forrest Griffin fight. Rampage was out for 10 months after the Henderson fight. If Shogun can be back by March, then there's really no need to strip him of the belt. March really isn't that far away, and it allows the UFC to actually sort out who's next in line after Shogun vs Rashad. There's no clear next contender after that fight, so 8 months gives guys like Rampage, Machida, Forrest, Nog, Jones and Randy chance to prove they're worthy of a shot, because ATM you'd struggle to make a case for anyone outside Rashad.
 
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strip shogun of the belt, Rashad is supposed to be #1 contender and is he supposed to wait basically a year to fight..

Have another contenders fight and whoever wins that, have them face Rashad for the LHW belt.
Agreed. Shogun gets an immidiate rematch when he recovers, the idea is flawless.
 

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GSP was off for 8 months after the Thiago Alves fight. Anderson Silva was out for 8 months after the Forrest Griffin fight. Rampage was out for 10 months after the Henderson fight. If Shogun can be back by March, then there's really no need to strip him of the belt. March really isn't that far away, and it allows the UFC to actually sort out who's next in line after Shogun vs Rashad. There's no clear next contender after that fight, so 8 months gives guys like Rampage, Machida, Forrest, Nog, Jones and Randy chance to prove they're worthy of a shot, because ATM you'd struggle to make a case for anyone outside Rashad.
Very true. Let him keep the belt! Doesn't make much sense to take it away from him now.
 
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