Originally Posted by VCURamFan
I don't think that's fair. Cruz DOMINATED that division! To call him a paper champion is just false.
That being said, I do think he should be stripped of the title now. It's a crummy situation, but it's not fair to the division. Also, it will let him fight a lesser opponent the first time back in the Octagon instead of having to take on Barao immediately.
Oh yes, he's a great fighter. It was a bit of a joke line, referring to his seeming frailty. But, when you haven't defended the title in more than two years, and the interim belt's been awarded & defended twice in that time frame, you truly are only the champ on paper.