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Excessive or Unearned Title Shots

“What do you say, Tonya? Best two out of three?”

There are some rematches that aren’t just a good idea, they’re a moral imperative. And there are some battles so compelling that you’ve got to set them up whether the W’s & L’s line up or not. But there are some fighters who seem to be granted title shots, lots of them, based more on popularity or reputation than recent results. We can accept a great fight at face value and realize that injuries and timing play a big role in match-ups, but when a single fighter consistently benefits from those circumstances, it’s rather hard to ignore.

Urijah Faber dropped his fourth consecutive title fight last year in a rematch against Dominick Cruz. A lone victory at UFC 139 was enough to propel him into a rubbermatch with the champ. This marks the third time that a single victory has been enough to validate another bite at the championship apple for the “California Kid”.

Similarly, 2011 saw Kenny Florian drop down to Featherweight in search of that elusive UFC gold. Although he was coming off a loss to Gray Maynard, a lone win in a new division was enough to secure a fight with champion Jose Aldo. That bout marked Florian’s third unsuccessful bid for a title.

In a perfect world, a challenger would walk into a title fight with three or more straight wins under his belt. We’re not made of stone, so we’ll allow for an exception here or there, but there’s no reason a fighter should find himself in that position more than once, so he’d better make the most of it.

Of course, that’s assuming that there’s a champion ready to fight you…

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KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- January 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm
I refuse to give up rape jokes and I refuse to read the rest of this article.......I'm going to assume you have Seagal on this list and I refuse to stop talking about Steven Seagal's ancient arts of the deadly stuff
SouthAfricanMMA- January 2, 2012 at 6:40 am
Training partners refusing to scrap in the Octagon.
dannny65- January 2, 2012 at 5:58 am
steven seagal what a bell end
FilmDrunk- January 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm
If we can't at least rally to the defense of Miguel Torres when he says something blatantly non-offensive, the PC police are going to ruin everything. EVERYTHING. Zero tolerance for fake outrage.
Chromium- January 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm
@CP: Oh c'mon, Steven Seagal is pure comedy. What a cunty thing to wish for.
DARKHORSE06- January 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm
Also, I want to see more Segal, not less.
That goofy bastard is just about the best thing I hae going in this crazy world.
DARKHORSE06- January 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm
I wouldn't mind saying adios to:
1. "Hypergonadism."
2. Condom Depot (who the hell needs that many rubbers?)
3. Bedazzled Tap Out T-Shirts.
4. Ben Rothwell because he fucking totally sucks.
5. Cain Velasquez because he's Mexican.
Payday- January 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm
Top ten: multi-page live blogs and articles.
itsgalf- January 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm
I second the notion to leave behind the damn photo viewer
the glza- January 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm
Lol Warsaw!
CrushCo- January 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm
@Danga & Skeletor: Dibs on the Aftermath?
DangadaDang- January 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm
Don't worry skeletor, I'm gonna be here until the day you die, which I will liveblog from your bedside, coincidentally.
cecils_pupils- January 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Outgoing Trend: therapeutic use exemptions for TRT
Incoming Trend: eating assloads of horse meat
RwilsonR- January 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Pic viewers that don't work with iOS, and barely work on other computers.
...And what Fred said.
skeletor- January 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm
Didn't even think that needed to be said Danga.
Clyde- January 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Good call Danga.
DangadaDang- January 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Danga.
TheWarsawExpress- January 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm
...if they were called "suprise jokes" people wouldn't get so offended.
Motivated Penn- January 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm
I'll build on your suggestion, Skeletor:
Explaining hype trane derailment as caused by either an adrenaline dump, or gassing, and not an all-out asskicking.

Looking at you Mayhem Miller.
Buster Hyman- January 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm
XENO
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Fried Taco- January 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm
next page > and CAPTCHA
skeletor- January 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm
Fighters claiming they had an "adrenaline dump".
jimbonics- January 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Trend #6:
 
Cruddy 'Featured' sections at the top of homepages on MMA sites.
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