The UFC's 155 lbs division has a big problem: There are just too many fighters who deserve the next title shot.
Anthony Pettis was promised a title shot and did not get it. Should he get the next shot at the belt?
Clay Guida deserves a title shot because he beat Pettis and he has done more than enough to earn deserve a crack at Frankie Edgar.
Gilbert Melendez vs Frankie Edgar actually makes a ton of sense. Stylistically, Gilbert is a virtual mirror image of Frankie. And it would be a unification bout of the UFC and Strikeforce titles. It would also do more to legitimize the winner and UFC champion as the best in the world, because of the fighters that Melendez has beaten.
But having Melendez come over to the UFC is hardly fair to Jorge Masvidal, who earned the next shot at the Strikeforce title. So what do you do with Jorge?
Ben Henderson is looking really good right now and should make a very challenging fight for Edgar.
Donald Cerrone is also looking amazing. It is not hard at all to make the case for Cerrone vs Edgar.
Shinya Aoki vs Frankie Edgar for a Japan fight card would be absolutely brilliant! He is currently the most popular fighter in all of Japan and letting him fight for the title in Japan would definitely help the UFC get a real foothold in the country.
If you could steal him away from Bellator, Eddie Alvarez would make a very interesting opponent for Edgar.
Despite losing yesterday, Melvin Guillard still might be the greatest threat to Edgar's title.
Who can say which fighter will reinvent themselves and become the next greatest Lightweight in the world? How do you know that some new up and coming fighter is not the next great fighter? It could be that Nate Diaz, Gray Maynard, Jim Miller, Sam Stout, Gleison Tibau, Rafael do Anjos, TJ Grant, Jacob Volkmann, Joe Lauzon, Pat Healy, Matt wiman, Jeremy Stephens, Nik Lentz, Evan Dunham or Paul Sass is the man who radically ups their game and becomes the ideal fighter to dethrone Frankie Edgar. But how would you know?
How do you really know who the best man for the next shot at the title is and how do you find out?
The answer is very simple: Have a tournament.
Why is a tournament the right call, and should the UFC use more of them? In a word, yes!