(The mythical dominant light heavyweight champ, the first we’ve seen since Chuckasaurus Rex)
There’s been a lot of eye rolling going on since Dana White proclaimed the most exciting fighter to come out of UFC on FOX 4 with a win would get the next shot at Jon Jones. A lot of this has to do with the fact that all four 205 pounders have already had their asses whupped by Bones, which kinda makes you wonder if the champ will have cleaned out the division if he beats Dan Henderson in September. Not so, sez Dana White:
“That is what we have been saying about Anderson Silva since 2006. There’s always contenders, there’s always a new guy. It’s up to these guys on Saturday night. They have to go in there and they have to deliver. You know how it is, you know how this is. Every time somebody says that one of these fights is off the charts on Saturday. I mean, “Shogun” Rua had the fight of the year last year, it was a war against Dan Henderson who is now fighting “Bones” Jones for the title. How quickly we forget everybody, we will see what happens on Saturday.”
Maybe we shouldn’t bring Anderson Silva into this conversation. Since 2006, they made him fight a bevy of unworthy opponents like James Irvin, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, and more. No wonder Andy isn’t down with taking whatever dude the UFC offers up any more. Will there always be warm bodies to stick in the ring across from your champs? Yeah, sure. But will there be big fights that matter against opponents who have a legit chance of winning? The two are very different things, and fans are no longer as willing to shell out 50 bucks to see the former as they used to be.