Sunday, March 8, 2009

Griffin vs Machida Makes Sense

Lyoto Machida was a Keith Jardine win away from facing Rashad Evans, but now he's a fighter without a fight (unless Rampage decides he'd like a BJ Penn vacation). The UFC could let him sit on the sidelines while Evans/Jackson pans out. Or, they could give him another fight. Kenny Florian was in a similar situation last year and he ended up fighting Joe Stevenson rather than waiting around for St-Pierre/Penn to happen. I think Machida will end up getting a fight because the UFC still needs to build his brand. Despite his win streak, many fans still consider him something of a mystery. They're not sure if they want to love a guy who fights the way he does.

The solution to this problem is to match him up with Forrest Griffin. It puts Machida into the spotlight and also covers the UFC is he loses. Machida beats Griffin, he wins over fans and is a bigger draw when he fights for the title. Griffin wins, you have a marquee rematch against either Evans or Jackson. It's the best of both worlds.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about Machida vs Evans while Rampage takes his "BJ Penn" vacation, and takes on the winner of the fight...

Jake said...

Well, that would have been doable, but now the UFC has fans fired up for a Jackson/Evans showdown. At least, I'm excited about the fight anyway--I no longer dislike Evans and I think he and Jackson will be entertaining. Plus, they could add Machida/Griffin to UFC 100, which has huge implications.

Anonymous said...

Shit...Machida is 15-0 undefeated. STILL CAN'T A BREAK.

He, truly, embodies the Mixed martial artist ethos of technique over brute strength.

I think Dana & the UFC, in order to appease that MEAT HEAD redneck trash crowd...is just hoping that either:

1) He gets caught and beaten before he can win a belt

2) Some other Meat head, wrestling/boxing Mat Hume/forrest Griffin "good old boy" type CAN FIGURE OUT HIS STYLE

FACE IT, DANA...YA MEAT HEAD MORON:

THE DEBATE WITH BOXING/WRESTLING VS. JIU-JITSU/MUAY THAI HAS BEEN SETTLED A LONG TIME AGO...

IN MATCHES LIKE GRACIE VS SHAMROCK AND ANDERSON SILVA VS RICH FRANKLIN.

JUST ASK RICH AND HIS TWO NOSE CORRECTIVE SURGERY ABOUT IT BOXING VS. MUAY THAI

YA FUCKING MEAT GOOD OL BOY MORONS

Jake said...

I can see the case for Machida getting a title shot, but the reality is that he is not very marketable (at the moment). He needs one more quality win I think to get a shot. That's just the sad reality.

He made Thiago Silva look highly underclassed, so a fight with Forrest would show his durability. But, I have read that Forrest won't be ready until late summer, and I don't think Machida should have to wait that long to fight again.

If only the Silva/Machida fight had gone down at UFC 89, huh?

Ultimately, I have to say that I think the UFC is making a good call on this one. Plus, I don't think Jackson is going to back down on this one; we'll see though.

haroldh said...

Rampage deserves a shot more. He's beat better opponents.