Probably the most peculiar fad MMA has going for it right now is fighters suddenly wanting to jump *up* a weight class. Whether it's Conor McGregor wanting two belts before he could even defend one, the resurgence of Donald Cerrone at welterweight, or Tyron Woodley calling for a catchweight fight with Michael Bisping, it's been a heck of a 180 from the days when a couple pounds regularly dashed even the faintest hopes of a champion vs. champion superfight.
The latest fighter to hop on this bandwagon? That'd be women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
Even though "The Lioness" saw a very clear (and incredibly dangerous) challenger to her bantamweight title in Valentina Shevchenko arise at UFC Denver yesterday, it seems that Nunes is already daydreaming about her chances at capturing a belt in the UFC's newly-implemented featherweight division, even going so far as to put out a challenge to the winner of next month's inaugural title bout between Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie.
But Dana White is here to say "Shut it down."
"Pump the brakes,” White said while speaking with reporters at last night's UFC Denver post-fight press conference. “Pump the brakes."
“Let’s defend the title first. You know what I mean? Let her defend her title first. She hasn’t defended her title. Everybody wants to jump around these days. We need to start pumping the brakes around here.”
You hear that guys? Dana White was so traumatized by what Amanda Nunes did to Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 that he's had it erased from his memory. Not that I blame him; I still wake up some nights screaming "CLINCH, CLIIIIIIIIIIIIINCH!!!!" until my voice is hoarse.
White's misremembering of events aside, do you think he makes a good point here? Should our champions focus on defending their belts as much as possible before changing weight, or have we truly entered the area where money fights are all that matter?