Ever wonder just how much the big names like Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre no longer playing their roles in the pay-per-view shows effects the number of loyal consumers out there? And does seeing fights like Johny Hendricks vs Rob Lawler and Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida make you think missing out on some one-sided, walk over wins isn’t so bad after all?

Me too!

When Weidman and Machida went to war for the main event of UFC 175 this past Saturday, not many people were sure what end result we would see from it. What the matchup between one of the best strikers in the business going against the powerful champion wrestler made out to be was something worth remembering for years and years.

There was a feeling out process, some back-and-forth action, and a whole lot of blood. As a fan, that’s all you can demand from a PPV headliner.

After swiping the strap from one of the greatest fighters to step in the Octagon, there is little time for Weidman to begin to build his own star by putting together a championship reign at middleweight.

And at 30-years-old, one fight a year just isn’t enough to get things going to try to make him a huge draw. “All American” needs to stay active and take on all comers who stand in his path until he’s the last man standing.

With names like Luke Rockhold, Jacare Souza and Vitor Belfort coming to mind, we can’t forget the 185lb champ didn’t close the book on “The Machida Era.”

It was a tough, hard-fought win for Weidman, which was an obstacle he would eventually have to overcome anyway being that he’s now gonna be fighting in five-round fights from now on.

Now that he’s gone five hard rounds with a beast like Lyoto, it could just give him that much more confidence in his next fight.

We’ll have to wait and see if he and Machida ever meet again, but really how many title shots can they give Machida in his career before giving up on him? I’m thinking they won’t…and one more big win at 185 for Machida and he’ll be fighting Weidman again. Which is something that kind of brings a storyline to get fans to care more about his fights.

Weidman could be that guy who demolishes everyone in his division and enters the discussion of pound-for-pound greatness in years to come, but this past Saturday’s war between he and Machida really showed us that he can be put in a competitive, back-and-forth fight that could go anyone’s way.

How long does Weidman hold the title before someone catches him clean?