I'm seeing a lot of posters saying that they believe the UFC is protecting Conor by saying no to Khabib and his team in regards to him replacing RDA for UFC 196. Khabib hasn't fought in about 2 years, he already has a fight lined up against El Cucuy and would likely earn a title shot with a win. If Conor is to fight for and win a 155 lb interim title, doesn't this still put him and Khabib's paths on a collision course? If anything it seems to me that the UFC is trying to protect Khabib and his perfect record by giving him a warm up fight instead of an immediate title shot. Allowing Conor to fight at 155 lbs in the first place is a strange way to go about "Protecting" him. thoughts?