Long read, cliffs at bottom. Cliffs: New talent is being given elite competition too soon. While Soko had no place facing Lil' Nog in his 4th MMA fight with a 2-1 record against unknown opposition, he established himself as a threat to any elite competition after subsequently knocking out Arona as well. Should he have been relegated to mid-level competition after this? I think he's earned a chance to continue testing himself against top competition.. Breen talks of his need to develop a more rounded MMA game - but there's plenty of top level fighters who rely on one aspect of MMA, and tend to neglect other parts of the sport. Liddell, Yvel, and Aoki spring to mind. And it's not as if Soko is just a puncher either - his Judo pedigree is not to be forgotten. As far as Buentello losing only to AA and Overeem in the past 5 years goes: Those are the only fighters worthy of note he has stepped in the ring with. His list of victims include Villareal, Tank Abbot and Gary Goodridge. I'd say he was a fair test for a fighter who wants to elevate himself above the likes of those names. Thoughts?