In the preview for UFC 78 on UFC.com, Dana White states that the main event between Michael Bisping and Rashad Evans will move the winner into the top 5 light heavyweights.
Who has Bisping or Evans beat to gain them this position and a potential title shot?
“The Count” has had four UFC fights against the bloated Josh Haynes, the inept Eric Schafer, Elvis Sinosic and Matt Hamill. Surely this list of opponents isn’t enough to gain a top 5 spot in arguably the UFC’s most stacked division. Especially when, in 3 out of these 4 fights, he was in some sort of trouble.
With Schafer he was taken down at will early until Schafer remembered who he was. Against Sinosic he got knocked senseless by a knee and if Elvis knew where he was he would of finished him with that Kimura and against Matt Hamill he was thrown around like a rag doll and eked out a split decision victory.
Rashad Evans has had six UFC fights against Brad Imes, Sam Hoger, Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert, Sean Salmon and Tito Ortiz. Rashad probably has a better claim than Bisping for a Top 5 birth, after his demolition of Jason Lambert and the highlight reel knockout of Salmon but his fight against Ortiz, for me should have been ruled his first loss.
So what if Tito grabbed the fence? Rashad still got that takedown, and when he did, Tito latched on to a guillotine and flipped him and was about to finish the fight, until the round ended.
So how can Dana White say that one of these fighters will break into the top 5 while also saying that Houston Alexander may break into the top 10 with a victory over Thiago Silva?
Well it’s simply because the UFC 78 card lacks an A-Grade headlining bout and White needs a way to sell it. I think the UFC would have a better time selling this card for what it is.
A great card filled with good fighters.