Respect The Rankings
While it’s understandable that mixed martial arts is a business, there should also be some structure, and it could be argued that in today’s day and age, the UFC rankings mean very little, which has upset numerous fighters in recent memory.
In fact, just earlier this month No. 14-ranked Dan Henderson received a title shot against 185-pound champion Michael Bisping simply because “The Count” wanted to avenge a brutal knockout from seven years ago. In granting Henderson a title shot, the UFC skipped over No. 1-ranked former champion Luke Rockhold, No. 2-ranked former champion Chris Weidman, No. 3-ranked Ronaldo Souza, a man who’s won three of his last four, and No. 4-ranked Yoel Romero, a man who’s won an incredibly impressive seven straight.
A similar situation can be seen in the lightweight division where featherweight champion Conor McGregor is set to take on lightweight boss Eddie Alvarez after two welterweight bouts with Nate Diaz. McGregor was able to leapfrog the 155-pound elite simply because of his star power.
This tactic that the UFC is using may draw in more money, but it certainly isn’t fair to fighters who have fought their way to the top.