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Posted by on 2017/02/08 · Comments: 00 · Filed under: Opinion, Original

Sike. I just wanted to reel you in with a catchy title.  Hopefully it worked.

Obviously, every belt eventually has to be defended. Unless good ol’ Dana throws in an interim title fight. Hear me out here: it’s time I’m blunt. Even though one of these days, my opinion articles will get me in trouble. I’ve been wanting to talk about fighters who become champions after dethroning their opponent.

Ever since the UFC reached mainstream status, champions are becoming more about the money fights, and less about the fights that will solidy their reign. It’s either that or wanting to make history, somehow. If you think about it, McGregor opened the doors to the era of self-entitlement in the UFC. In this particular situation, I’m talking the Cody Garbrandts, Tyrone Woodleys, and hell, I guess you can even toss the Conor McGregors of the game in the mix. Although he’s always the exception.

But let me get to the point quick. I don’t think you’re allowed to choose your next title defense until you’ve successfully defend the belt. Period. Leave it to the matchmakers.

Now, Tyrone Woodley is one hell of an athlete. One in which I respect very much. However, I don’t agree with the constant complaining about his opponents in the octagon and his treatment as a champion in the UFC. I get that you feel you won after watching the footage; but the truth of the matter is, to the judges, you were equally as good in the fight against Thompson. With that, there’s no argument. But of course; after the fight, he started chirping on social media talking about a potential fight with Michael Bisping.

On video, Woodley and Bisping shake on a super-fight where no belts are on the line. Once they separated, Woodley went to Twitter saying that he had changed his mind. He wanted to fight Bisping for the undisputed middleweight championship. Things don’t work like that, man. All I ask, is that champions defend their belt before trying to call the shots. Prove you’re worthy of the big fights and the main event status. What happened to working hard for what you think you deserve? At UFC 209, he [Woodley] has his chance to make a statement.

Garbrandt was starting to show some similar signs, but his next fight with Dillashaw is so fu*king spot on. Kudos to Dana White and Sean Shelby for booking that one. If Garbrandt beats Dillashaw convincingly, I think he’ll become an even bigger star in the division. Numbers mean power. Maybe then he can really go after the names on his hitlist: Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor.

As for the new-age bantamweight Queen, her tweet about wanting two belts was also epic. Well done Amanda Nunes. I think that she can call whatever shots she wants now. She [Nunes] took out two legends, in Drake fashion (back-to-back). However, I don’t want her to move up in weight to fight for the 145-pound belt. It’s too early. So for featherweight-sake, slow the fu*k down. Thanks.

I want to see Nunes defend the belt against a few up-and-comers. More kudos to Dana for rejecting Nunes’ move to 145-poinds. Eventually, I want to see the champion vs champion matchup; I just think that it’s too soon with the featherweight division just starting. There’s not even an official roster, yet. I don’t want to see a sh*t ton of bantamweights fighting for the belt. Bring on the real featherweights!

*cough, cough Megan Anderson*

Eventually, I want to see McGregor defend his belt too. If you’re not defending your belt, then can you truly call yourself a champion? I just wish that we stop worrying so much about wanting to make history and not taking fights because of money. I mean Dana does need to stop being so damn cheap. I also wish that we would stop ducking the matches that are supposed to happen, for the money fights. In this case, Bisping now wanting to fight GSP and not Yoel Romero. But of course, you can’t always have it your way.

I miss the reining, defending days that died when the UFC hit its mainstream status. I even miss the days that interim belts weren’t handed away like candy. Money never used to drive fights. But I guess that’s what happens when the sport evolves…

I love it all, though. Everything about it.

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