Originally Posted by Deckard
It doesn't need such a thing. The mandatory contender rule was devised for boxing in an attempt to force increasingly elusive(read: cowardly) boxers to fight the best contenders around.
In the UFC because UFC fighters do not possess the privilege of being so evasive, the UFC often makes the best fights that everyone wants to see.
How would one 'earn' a shot without a ranking system?
I think brackets are great, maybe a grand prix? There should be intelligible ways people can follow fights. I even like it when Dana White has guys fight off for a shot at the champ.. Watching Cain go through Bigfoot, then JDS was incredible T.V. and incredible fighting.
I think that some sort of rational system that people can follow, will get more people to follow MMA
It makes things interesting, chance is a funny thing.