Only a steroid suspension stood in the way of Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg. That's a problem.
Somebody pour one out for Johny Hendricks.
Despite crawling his way to the top of the welterweight division, he's going to be forced to sit out of the title picture.
Of course, Hendricks wasn't fighting Georges St-Pierre anyway.
After all, if the UFC had its way, it would've announced a GSP vs. Anderson Silva superfight today. But St-Pierre just doesn't want Anderson Silva.
Heck, who can blame him? "Rush" shouldn't have to fight a massive middleweight who already eats light heavyweights for fun.
And thankfully, he doesn't have to.
But as announced by Dana White during the UFC on Fox 5 media scrum today (via MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani), GSP uncharacteristically pulled rank and asked for a rare favor, desiring to face Nick Diaz instead of Silva or Hendricks in his next fight.
That's practically unheard of, and might be the first time in modern UFC history that a champion has asked for a challenger coming off a loss.
Apparently, even the vitriolic Dana White can't say no when one of his most loyal (and famous) employees asks for a rare, nonsensical favor.
Is the UFC title shot system corrupt?
In the run-up to UFC 154, St-Pierre was constantly being pressured by the MMA media about an opponent he wasn't even fighting. During his match with Carlos Condit, the production team stealthily did a picture-in-picture insert of Silva on the pay-per-view broadcast.
It was clear where the Zuffa brass wanted this to go, and they were willing to bully their most loyal champion and cast aside the rightful welterweight contender.
Make no mistake, title shots in the UFC are officially a crooked system.
Chael Sonnen's fighting Jon Jones despite coming off a loss to Silva and having no wins over current light heavyweight contenders.
Frankie Edgar's walking into a title shot against Jose Aldo after two losses to lightweight champion Ben Henderson.
Even after doing a sensible move by pitting newly-crowned Ronda Rousey against top-ranked Liz Carmouche for her first title defense, Dana White is still talking about Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino as if he wants to make that superfight.
And as we've covered before, Cyborg simply doesn't deserve that consideration after coming off a no contest and a suspension for steroids.
That's not a good look for a company that wants to be a big league sport.
Consider this a notice to all fighters: Don't expect anything you were promised if you're the No. 1 contender. Instead, lose your fights in impressive fashion, talk a lot of trash, hope you get lucky and/or pump up on steroids.
Any of those things alone apparently means more than "earning" your title shot.