Now, there’s no question that a ton of people are excited that GSP is returning to UFC. But, since he’s never fought at 185 in the Octagon, and because there’s contenders waiting in the wings for a shot at Bisping, the planned fight has received plenty of criticism.
Well, following Gastelum’s emphatic, stoppage win over fellow middleweight contender Vitor Belfort on Saturday, he was asked to weigh-in on GSP’s title shot. Gastelum relayed that the UFC’s decision gives him pause, in terms of what his own plans are (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Because what’s the point of having contenders, what’s the point of having rankings if we’re not going to follow the rankings, if we’re not going to follow the No. 1 contenders? It just doesn’t make any sense,” Gastelum said. “Now, everybody wants those big ‘money fights,’ and it just doesn’t make any sense to have any rankings if we’re going to keep doing that kind of stuff.”
Whether you’re looking forward to Bisping – GSP or not, you can’t fault Gastelum for feeling this way. While he’s not knocking on the door for a title shot like Yoel Romero is, Gastelum has won three in a row and could be a big win away from fighting for the belt. Well, based off the old school, traditional way of matchmaking of course…
This debate about matchmaking is likely to continue over the coming months. Especially if Conor McGregor decides to sidestep a bout with either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson down the line.