MMA personalities, fans and bloggers across the internet have been seriously discussing something lately. Something big. This previously absurd notion would be one of the biggest actions taken by UFC brass against their fighters, ever.
Some people (gasp) want to remove Georges St-Pierre from his position as welterweight champion.
Half of this is because St-Pierre suffered a serious knee injury last December, and has not fought since April 2011, causing what some are calling a “logjam” in the UFC's welterweight division.
The other half is because of Carlos Condit, current interim champion, wanting to wait until November (when GSP is estimated to return) to face him. Neither of these things are sitting well with fans.
It should be stated that the idea of stripping titles is not especially new. Belts have, after all, been forcibly taken from champions in the past and Frank Mir's reign as champion ended because of injuries from a road accident.
The people calling for this have become louder than ever before in the last few weeks, though. Their cries got even more emphatic when news hit that Dominick Cruz had also suffered a knee injury which will keep him out of the Octagon for months.
Regardless, the arguments presented by Cesar Gracie, various sports writers, and keyboard warriors the world over, simply do not make sense for a variety of reasons. Meanwhile, the criticism being leveled against this pair of welterweights is terribly misplaced, in large part because...