My latest submission for CBSSports.com is now available.
This week I take a look at the current status of the UFC’s talent-laden light heavyweight division and give my analysis on what I think is next for most of the division’s top fighters.
Click here to fight out what I think is next for Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Wanderlei Silva, and others.
I also offer analysis on Lyoto Machida, which I am sure if bound to generate some response:
While Machida is certainly worthy of a title shot, he’s unlikely to get it unless Liddell loses to Evans. The reality is that four of Machida’s five wins have gone to a decision, and while he has made improvements, he’s still a counter-fighter that has a tendency to disappoint the crowd.
Purists will hate that this is even being brought up, but the reality is that like any other major sport, MMA is a business. And there are major concerns about Machida’s marketability. If you put him in there with Griffin, there’s a good chance he beats him. While the situation could improve in the future, it’s unlikely that the UFC wants a scenario right now in which Machida is the champion of its marquee division.
The truth of the matter is that Machida may have to go 7-0 or 8-0 in the UFC before he’s granted a title shot.
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