If Teixera wins impressively over Rampage, he'll be in the mix, but there's no way Jimmo is anywhere close. Phil Davis was working his way up, but he's coming off a loss in an incredibly boring fight, but he's fighting a nobody on the undercard this Saturday, so I doubt he's close.
Well, based on their lack of contenders that haven't already been smashed by Jones, none of these guys are way off. If Brandon Vera is fighting for a titleshot than virtually NONE of these guys should be considered nowhere close.
My bet is that if Teixera beats Rampage he'll for sure get a #1 contenders match, if not a straight up titleshot. They've already hyped him as a terrifying finisher who Shogun and the rest of the LHW roster doesn't want to fight.
I don't think Jimmo SHOULD be close, but in terms of promoting a fight he hasn't been smashed by Jones yet, has a long winning streak, and just tied the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history. In terms of promoting a fight there are a few postive things there. Also, he does a killer robot.
Phil is still a dominant force at LHW. His only loss is a decision to the former champion and one of the most consistent LHWs and the only guy to even take Jones the distance in like 9 fights. All of that is describing Rashad Evans...in case that sounded like I was describing 3 guys! :-P
Keep in mind, BRANDON VERA IS FIGHTING FOR A CHANCE AT THE BELT. So black is white and up is down.