Take a number, Jake Shields.
UFC President Dana White today upped the ante for former number one contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, announcing that the winner of the 170-pound showdown at UFC 117: "Silva vs. Sonnen" this Saturday night will get another chance to compete for a world title.
No date or possible event was revealed.
That's because division champion Georges St. Pierre is currently slated to defend his belt against Josh Koscheck in December. The pair just finished taping the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) mixed martial arts reality show on Spike TV as opposing coaches.
Early 2011, therefore, would appear to be a likely time for the match up.
However, if Koscheck and Fitch were both to win, it would throw a wrench into White's plans. The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammates have made it clear that they will never throwdown. Fitch has even promised to move to middleweight if "Kos" can win and defend the belt at least once.
Only time will tell how that situation shakes out.
Of course, if "Rush" retains his title, it would be a lot less messy. It would also mean another rematch for the Canadian -- he has outpointed both Fitch and Alves in lopsided decisions.
Options are running thin.