... in the division most frozen by top paralysis. I see a lot of comparisons to Hendricks-Lawler 3, mostly for the notion that it is an undeserved rematch and that it could be potentially killed by fan discontent. But even more than not deserving the rematch it is bad for the division. If Cain wins we are set up for yet another rematch again while there are viable (and aging/about to leave athletic window of prime) fighters at the top doing nothing in a shallow division/killing off their fellow contenders. If Werdum wins we have one of the top fighters of a shallow division shut out from title fights for the near future, just like JDS was when they rushed rematch after rematch and let the rest of the division fester. In terms of a "WTF" reaction this is on par with Hendricks-Lawler 3 but division wise (especially longer term) this matchup is significantly worse. AA vs Werdum for title Fedor vs Mir for new exciting contender (if we can get Fedor in the UFC of course) Cain vs Miocic/Rothwell loser to keep Cain relevant but away from title shot temporarily That would be much better for the division... IMO. Then of course JDS/Reem winner and Miocic/Rothwell are new exciting contenders for the title. The problem with HW has been top-paralysis... literally grand total 5 guys have fought in undisputed HW title fights over the course of 4 years (2011 to now = Cain + JDS + Werdum + Bigfoot + Mir). Considering there's 2 guys per fight that is, once removing rematches, coming to just over one fight's worth of fighters for every 2 years of time. So to a division like this, where the lack of contenders (due to contender cannibalism while the same few guys fight over and over and over again) spells the worst possible appearance of how the division overall looks, putting aside the fact that there is close to zero effort to inject new blood into an aging division (which is another topic entirely).