From what I heard, the Franklin vs. McDonald has already been signed. I think its a great fight, but I think its too early. I believe Franklin should have a stepping stone match, I mean fight someone like Pete Sell just to build him up again. And if McDonald loses in a horrorable fashion, does that mean he loses whatever credibility he has?
Now if this Swick vs. Okami match is true, I think the UFC booking is dropping the ball on this one. In my opinion, I think Swick should had gotten a title shot before Travis Lutter, but thats just my opinion. Now if Yushin Okami wins, does that mean Mike Swick would have to wait even longer for a title shot? I think Yushin Okami should had fought Jason McDonald and the winner of that to decide fight Nate Marquardt to see whos next in line for a title shot after Swick.
As for the two asterisks, I see Diego dominating anyone he's fighting except Matt Hughes or GSP. If Caol Uno is fighting Joe Stevenson, I think that can be a pretty good fight.
My final note, if the UFC has talent problems they can rely on their farm league, the WEC. They have Urijah Faber and Razor Rob. Also, the UFC lossed out on(and still attempt to sign) Jake Shields to shake up the Welterweight division.
Yeah Franklin vs. MacDonald has been signed. It's an odd fight because I have no idea what to expect out of MacDonald in this fight. Personally, no matter how good he is Franklin is going to come out on the warpath. MacDonald has won 2 decent upsets, but the UFC knows that the talk around him makes him look a lot better than he really is. So seeing as he has all this hype now, it makes it look like Franklin is fighting a tougher fight then he really is. After this I think Franklin gets his shot vs. Silva. If MacDonald loses though I don't think it takes his new found credibility away. If anything I think it just brings him back down to earth.
Lutter got the shot first because they needed to build up Silva as the champion. UFC doesn't want their champions to win the title and then lose it. They build their business around rematches like boxing. It brings in more people. If Silva fought Swick, Marquardt, even Okami I think he'd have a chance of losing, and they don't want that.
The MW has a serious log jam of talent right now. There are a lot of guys who are solid fighters. They are facing a problem with Franklin and Silva where I think they are obligated to give Marquardt or Swick a shot at the title soon. I can't really blame UFC as they have a couple guys who deserve shots at the title right now.
As for Sanchez I 95% agree with you. There is a shot that Koscheck or Burkman could score an upset vs. him. If Alves is definitely suspended I'm bummed. I thought Alves vs. Sanchez was the go to fight in terms of finding out who gets the shot after Hughes eventually fights GSP. I think they wait until Hughes fights St. Pierre again. St. Pierre wins that fight then have Hughes fight Sanchez and the winner of that gets the shot vs. GSP again. With this thinking UFC wins as it gets a lot of good fights. Also if St. Pierre beats Hughes again they wear down Hughes and it gives Sanchez a better shot at beating him to pass on the baton. If Hughes wins they get a big time rematch vs. GSP.
Also I agree great fight with Stevenson and Uno. I'm glad they are really trying to bolster the 155lb Division.
I think they have a talent problem in a couple of divisions but they are starting to bulk up, a great example is the Lightweight division which has been dead for a while, and it's being built up ecspecially with BJ Penn soon coming back. I think Jake Shields would've been a great signing, but where they really missed out was Mac Danzig.