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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has made some questionable decisions over the last couple of weeks that has left the mixed martial arts (MMA) world in shock and disappointment.
Let's start with the UFC 152 main event between Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort, which will take place this weekend (Sat., Sept. 22, 2012) from the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I understand that Dan Henderson had to withdraw from UFC 151 because of a knee injury, but can you really tell me that there isnt anyone else at 205 pounds who is more deserving than Belfort, a bulked up Middleweight? Jones is perhaps the most marketable fighter (See Nike, Everlast, ESPN and more) that the UFC has to offer and it is wasting his popularity on a fight that only "The Phenom" wants to see.
The UFC is calling up a bigger 185-pound fighter to fight for the 205-pound world title? My question to the UFC brass is simply, "Why?"
Why not do what you have done in the past and simply just push the Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson fight back until when "Hendo" is healthy? If Jones and the UFC do not want to wait for Henderson, then why not move forward and push back the fight with Lyoto Machida? Or simply wait to see if Alexander Gustafsson gets past Shogun?
If the UFC waited for Gustafsson it would then have a new challenger who "Bones" has not yet touched and it could spend quality time building that fight and marketing it the right way. Instead, we have Jones versus maybe the number-three ranked middleweight in the division.
In my opinion, this is a lose-lose situation for the UFC. If Jones wins, well, he is supposed to win against a middleweight who is considered past his prime. But, what if Jones somehow gets caught by Belfort and, gasp, loses for real this time (sorry Matt Hamill). The UFC just had its most marketable champion lose to a middleweight. Not the best look for Jones and it would certainly taint his image.
Moving on ...
Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar headlining UFC 153 next month at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a three-round, "fun" 205-pound bout is another curious call.
Now, don't get me wrong, I am a huge Silva fan (who isn't?), but how do you put the best fighter of all time on short notice against a retired light heavyweight who hasn't even cracked the top five in his division in his whole career? I can't even fathom the thought of why the UFC would even risk the chance of Bonnar potentially getting lucky and catching Silva and winning.
Could you imagine if Bonnar somehow beats Silva?
Regardless of Silva's amazing undefeated record in the Octagon, a loss to Bonnar would 10,000 percent taint his image of perfection and quite possibly the legacy he has worked tirelessly to build as the greatest 185-pound MMA fighter ever.
Again, I ask to the UFC, "Why?"
Why not just have Urijah Faber fight Frankie Edgar on short notice? Or Chad Mendes? I understand the UFC wanted a main event that could generate high numbers and wanted a Brazilian to main event this card, but why waste the best fighter of all time with this match up? And if you are going to have Silva step up, why not have it with a fighter who is deserving of this match up? Nothing against Bonnar, who I am a fan of, but he is not on the level of Silva and has done nothing to earn a fight against him.
To be honest, if the UFC wanted to put together a "super fight" in Brazil that would of saved this card, why not swing for the fences and do the unthinkable ... Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones?
We shall see this weekend if Jones dismantles Belfort and then wait a few more weeks to see if Bonnar can pull off the biggest upset in UFC History. In the meantime, I'll just continue to shake my head and keep asking the same question over and over: