While I’m not a huge fan of most of the non-Luke Thomas writers on Bloody Elbow (I only consider you-a scum compared to Lukey! See how you scum!), Michael Rome hits the nail on the head … or rather he hits the nail on the side:
Much of 2007 was characterized by overly long waits. Tito Ortiz and BJ Penn fought once in 2007, while St. Pierre, Hughes, Parysian, Griffin, and Couture fought twice. Much of the reason for the lack of fights is this supposed long term build that never really pays off. Penn was held off of cards to wait for Sean Sherk, and now it looks like the delay was for nothing. St. Pierre will have gone 8 months between fights by the time he gets in the Octagon again, all to protect the precious title match in Montreal. These long breaks just kill momentum and excitement for fighters.
Okay, lets ignore factual issues with Mike’s complaint like BJ being on The Ultimate Fighter. The point I agree with is the UFC is wasting it’s time with a lot of it’s biggest names. My biggest gripe is turfing guys so they can wait for a title shot … in other words, the GSP situation. I’ve already said it’s pretty pathetic that he gets another title shot after one win. It’s especially lame considering there’s nothing stopping the UFC from booking him again before he fights for the title.
There’s tons of other special case situations. Shogun Rua was signed in July and didn’t fight till October. Big Nog has been on staff since April and has only fought once. Werdum likewise. It seems like the UFC is getting more and more picky about when and where their big name fighters appear, and regardless of how sweet their plans might be, they never fucking pan out and we’re left waiting forever for dream matches that never materialize.
So please, for the love of fucking God … can you UFC peoples please stop making such elaborate bullshit plans and just let the guys we want to see fight … fight???