come on... shogun's coming off of only one loss, and you can't compare his loss and rampage's.
I forgot about the forrest fight and i agree that shogun is higher on the pecking order than rampage but i still think its a good fight to make as both of them have expressed interest in it and it should very exciting. I think rampage has a shot given how well hendo did against shogun until hendo gassed, the main issue for rampage will be the leg kicks i think which is one of his biggest weaknesses.
anyway i think i'm starting to have mma withdrawals... realized yesterday i had never actually watched fedor vs big nog III, so i watched it... what a pair of studs... and what a pleasure to see them in their prime... fedor was bouncing around like a lightweight (and i think big nog said that fedor is by far the quickest heavyweight he'd ever fought)... i don't know how their careers would've been different had fedor and mirko cut weight and fought guys their own size... i don't think they'd lose their quickness advantage, but would gain a lot in terms of power advantage.
One thing that is shown in that fedor/nog fight is how absurdly strong fedor was, a lot of the takedowns he uses are based purely on his strength. I also noticed that in the first fight between the two of them, when nog had top position fedor just powered his way out from the bottom and got on top. I think thats why he sometimes had trouble taking down the true heavyweight goliaths like hong man choi and mark hunt (who was like 280-300 at that time i think), choi doesn't have great takedown defence at all but he managed to land on top of fedor because fedor tried to muscle him to the ground instead of attack the legs. Also could be why he couldn't get off the bottom against bigfoot, its hard to power out from the bottom against someone who outweighs you by such a large margin. I could be wrong but that's what it seems like to me. I think at light heavyweight fedor wouldn't have the same speed advantage he had at heavweight but his power and strength would translate real well, unfortunately fedor is too old school for that weight cutting crap :p