What should the cut off time be for the interim title holder be to become official?

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  1. HuntersCreed <img src="http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee156

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    How long do you think is the appropriate amount of time a belt holder should be able to be sidelined and still retain the official title before it is stripped?

    I say 8 months or 2 title defenses by the interim champ before they are forced to officially give up their title.
     
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  2. theincognito Brown Belt

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    I guess 1 year. That's when they get removed from most rankings due to inactivity.
     
  3. PrinceOfPain Silver Belt

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    I'd up it to a year, or two title defenses.
     
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    I should have had a multi option selection poll. Oh well. Not the end of the world.
     
  5. Babalinho ********

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    The shorter the better, if you can't defend you should lose the title imo. Never liked the whole idea with interim champs.
     
  6. Concrete Steel Belt

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    If you defend the thing twice, while the 'champ' is inactive, obviously you should become the champ.
     
  7. King Fisher Green Belt

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    I answered with "other" b/c I think it really depends on how long someone has held on to the title.

    Should it be indefinite? No. But I would give someone like GSP or JBJ a little more wriggle room than Pettis, who just won his belt.

    Although, they don't usually break out the "interim" belt unless it's already been a while since a title defense. Poop. I'll change my answer to 2 title defenses. That's plenty of time (probably close to at least 18 months) since a title defense by the incumbent champion.
     
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    1 year IMO.
     
  9. ncboy Brown Belt

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    year minimum. Something like an ACL injury takes at least a year to completely heal, typically at least 6 months to be able for the athlete to train hard. 8 months is way too short and 6 is absurd.
     
  10. The Judas Pig Black Belt

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    I think 2 years maximum, you have to give a champ time to recover but 2 years is more than reasonable imo.
     
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    Yeah, if a champ has a fight scheduled 6-7 months after his/her last defence and gets a serious injury just prior to the fight, it'll be 14-15 months between fights.

    I think have an interim title fight after 12 months, the interim champ become undisputed if the original champ cant defend in an 18 month time frame.
     
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    I think it should be dependent on how long the title holder has held the belt. GSP should get more time before being stripped than Chris Weidman or Cain Velasquez.
     
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    IMO, title holder must have a fight scheduled and signed by the time it's been one year since their last fight. That fight itself doesn't necessarily have to happen within the year, but it has to be agreed upon and contracts signed by then.
     
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    1 year.
     
  15. Exel*** Purple Belt

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    Maybe a fixed time period is not the best solution.

    How about if he pulls out of the title fight once, then the next fight gets scheduled according to the medical prognosis, and if he doesn't show for that fight that's it. The best example, of course, Cruz, who postpones his return indefinitely.
     
  16. BPA00 Black Belt

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    I don't really like interim champs. I think a champ should defend at least 2x per year... IMHO, if the real champ cannot compete for 8 months, then let the #1 and #2 contenders fight for the "real" championship.
     
  17. osudude Red Belt

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    As long as the fighter(s) in question remain in the promotion, I sorta fail to see why it matters. In the case of Cruz and Barao, they're going to fight each other whenever Cruz is healthy, no matter if Cruz is the champ or gets stripped either way. So what's the difference? And if Barao were to lose to someone, that fighter would be champion and then would fighter Cruz either way.

    Calling Barao an interim champ is really just calling him a glorified #1 contender, and all his matches are #1 contender matches. So, strip Cruz and make Barao the champ, but then Cruz automatically becomes the #1 contender, and nothing really changes besides the text the UFC puts on its posters and commercials.

    It would only make a difference if Cruz weren't going to fight Barao when he came back, but we all know that isn't going to happen.
     
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    If what Barao's manager is saying is true about him losing money because he's the interim champ that's pretty shitty.
     
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    I think if it has been 1 1/2 years, and there are no signs that the champ will be healthy to compete within the next 6 months, the interim champ should become the official champ.
     
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    A year imo
     

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