Originally Posted by Anthony342
How did Franklin clean out the middleweight division when he only had 4 fights in the UFC at middleweight before he won and lost the title?
And yeah, he probably could've fought better contenders at 205, but the guy is 37 now and since his contract is up, he'll probably sign one more deal, which will be for huge money and then retire as middleweight champ.
And as a champion, doesn't Silva have to fight the top ranked contenders or be stripped of his title? Isn't that what the UFC does? He fights who he's told to fight, he's just cleared out the middleweight division is all.
And I wouldn't mind if he retired either, he really has nothing left to prove as a middleweight, but it sounds like he's going to sign one more contract before he retires, but I guess we'll have to see.
The UFC/MMA is a new sport. We have had champions like Brock Lesnar who was a champion with like 4 fights; how many fights do you think it takes to clean out a division in the UFC as champion?
Jon Jones has had like 4 title defenses and did he not clean out the division? I think Hendo is like the only one left. Dude, it doesn't take many title defenses to clean out the division. Before PRIDE merged with the UFC, Chuck cleaned out the division with the same number of title defenses. It doesn't take much. Rich Franklin was 7-0 in the UFC having defended the title 3 times. Anderson Silva was imported from PRIDE at the time because there was no one left to fight Rich.
Like I said, Rich already cleaned out the division. Regarding Silva "HAVING" to fight for the MW title, he's the undisputed champ. We get it! Why continue to defend a belt no one can win? He's the man already. Until he retires, no one at 185 will beat him.
Either he faces new challenges at 205 or give up the belt.
Oh yeah, there have been many guys that have tried to hold titles in consecutive weight classes (i.e BJ Penn and Dan Henderson). Let's not act like Silva can't do both because he can. He's that talented. He's just content with being content