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Someone needs to remind Dana White and the UFC that Scott Jorgensen is one of the best bantamweight fighters in the world.
Sure, there's a definite upside to being on the Facebook preliminary line-up — free access online means more MMA fans can see your fight. But Jorgensen's position on the TUF Finale 13 card is inversely proportional to his status in the UFC bantamweight division. No offense to Kyle Kingsbury, Ed Herman, or Tim Credeur, but being "Ultimate Fighter Alumni" is a very poor reason for being featured on the main card of a UFC event, free television or not.
Jorgensen, on the other hand, is coming off a championship bout for the UFC/WEC belt against Dominick Cruz, one of the 10 pound-for-pound best fighters in the world. Instead of taking on a top-ranked bantamweight to get back in the title hunt, Jorgensen instead had to resort to smashing his fist through a grossly overmatched Ken Stone. That's unusually weird matchmaking from my point of view, even though Jorgensen and Stone were both coming off bad losses.
Patrick L. Stumberg echoed the thoughts of many before the fight even got started, lamenting the fact that Jorgensen's "Top 10" status was being clearly ignored, and Stone was seemingly being led to the guillotine:
I don’t know if Stone accidentally prepositioned Joe Silva’s girlfriend at the last Fan Expo or if he’s simply the unluckiest man at 135, but Jorgensen is in no way a step down from Wineland. Though he may not be the hardest puncher, he possesses the staggering cardio and powerful grappling onslaught to keep almost anyone at his weight on his heels.
If anything, this reinforces that the UFC bantamweight and featherweight divisions still lack a clear hierarchy.
Next time the UFC schedules a fight for Jorgensen, his time would be much better spent fighting someone both in his league and in the title hunt, like the winner of Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland or the victor of Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki — or maybe even Renan Barão.
[McKinley Noble is a staff editor at GamePro and an MMA conspiracy theorist. Follow his Twitter account for crazy talk, 1990s movie references, and general weirdness. Or you could just stalk him on Google.]