Re: Should there be manditory contenders in MMA?
I think it's more faceted than we are giving it credit for.
We are talking about this in extremes. The reality is, every situation is going to be different, and every fighter is a little different as well.
A new hungry guy, or an old skilled guy with nothing to lose are going to be more than willing to take fights at the last minute.
Guys that have a lot to lose are the sort that might get the call, but are unprepared for a title shot. They don't want to blow their shot at the champ when they are unprepared because they may not get another shot. Why blow your wad against the champ unless you are fully prepared and trained for him?
In cases where a contender goes down, and the 2,3 or 4 guy aren't down to fight, then you should pick the guy who will sell the most tickets.
But, you should have something like this rule, or some other rule available to the public so they can scrutinize it and understand it.
Have a rule, or philosophy go guide you, rather than the seat of your pants.