Okay, that was probably the most barf-worthy blog title in the history of the site, but it’s pretty accurate (and witty, in a 5 year old kinda way):
A self professed fan of Wanderlei Silva, UFC president Dana White concedes the Brazilian veteran needs to post some significant wins in order to remain viable in the light heavyweight division.
Silva (31-8-1), in the midst of the first three-fight losing streak of his career, will collide with Keith Jardine at UFC 84: Ill Will on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“Wanderlei has lost three in a row,” White said. “This guy has to win some fights here to stay in the UFC and stay at the top of the 205-pound division.”
Dana White explained the rationale behind the roster cuts at the UFC84 press conference a few days ago, and while his logic sounds okay on the surface, there’s a pretty big flaw in it: sooner or later, everyone loses. And once a fighter gets up to the top ranks, they’re more likely to lose a few in a row. Treating fighters like contractors who can be let go and picked up at will might work if you’re the only show in town, but most of these guys aren’t going to want to stay with an organization like that when there are other promotions that will treat them like gold regardless of their records.
To me, this all seems pretty whack considering all the effort the UFC went to in order to sign Wanderlei. There are some guys who you just need to keep, no matter how good or bad they are. Phil Baroni. Tito Ortiz. Guys with personality, or guys that add excitement. Marquee fighters that might be past their prime but still deserve a place in the big show. If Dana White keeps on basing his roster around a two loss formula, the organization is going to end up losing a shitload of their most marketable talent.