It seems as us Maniacs are split among this touchy but relevant subject especially with the UFC'S light heavyweight divisions current state. People seem to hate the word "champion" being used when in fact it isn't referring to the actual "champion".
Personally I see it as this: IT IS a five round #1 contender fight in all reality and it provides a clear cut path to the next in line of the title. Although many like the idea of a 5 round contender fight (myself included) they hate the word champion being used in this case(myself excluded). The facts are that if you want to see a five round contender fight, as of now the only way to do so is for the reigning champ to be hurt. Despite popular belief Dana nor the UFC have control over this. I am sure they can provide some influence in the matter for future changes but they are NOT the governing body and Unified rules are pretty clear in this matter. They are as follows:
13:46-24A.11 Round length
(a) Each non-championship mixed martial arts contest shall be three rounds, of five minutes duration, with a one minute rest period between each round.
(b) Each championship mixed martial arts contest shall be five rounds, of five minutes duration, with a one minute rest period between each round.
Dana nor the Brass at any promotion can just change the round length or the number of rounds for contender matches or any other matches for that matter. So for now it is a necessary evil. And I for one am not bothered by the title.
What do you have to say about it Maniacs?