UFC 12-Man MW Tourney Quarter Final #3

We all know that Anderson Silva is the most dominate MW in the world.  Has set the UFC record for longest winning  streak (10), tied for the most consecutive title defenses (5), and has remained unbeaten for over 4 years.  Due to his overwhelming dominance, Silva currently resides at or near the top of every MMA Pound 4 Pound ranking.  But what if A.S. were to suddenly vanish?  The UFC MW landscape would change dramatically.  With that in mind, who would rule the UFC's MW division in a world without the Spider?  Time find out, Tournament style...

We will poll each fight individually, for 1 day, beginning with opening round Match #1.  MMA Mania has the most knowledgeable MMA online community, so please feel free to post your pick in the comments along with your analysis of how you see the fights breaking down.  Hopefully this will give us something to do on slow news days.

Quarter Final #2 was far less competitive than I anticipated.  Wandy landed an impressive 67% of the vote.  They say, you can't teach an old dog new tricks; but when you have vicious KO power, who needs new tricks?  Silva now has a date in the semi's with non other than Oregon's favorite son, Chael Sonnen...

                                                            QF1     1 C. Sonnen

Match #1:    8 Yoshihiro Akiyama                     9 P. Cote

                   9 Patrick Cote                                                                   SF1  1  C. Sonnen

                                                                                                                    5 W. Silva
                                                            QF2      4 D. Maia                                                                           

Match #2:   5 Wanderlei Silva                           5 W. Silva

                12 Chris Leben

                                                            QF3      3 V. Belfort

Match #3:    6 Yushin Okami                             6 Yushin Okami

                 11 Dan Miller                                                                      SF2  Winner of 3 / 6

                                                            QF4      2  N. Marquardt                   Winner of 2 / 10

Match #4:    7 Michael Bisping                          10 A. Belcher

                 10 Alan Belcher

Quarter Final #3 features the always dangerous and explosive Vitor Belfort.  Following his destruction of Rich Franklin, Vitor will be looking to grab his 1st win in the 185 class.  He certainly drew a tough opponent for his divisional debut.  Okami comes in as one of the more well rounded fighters in the tourney.  And since working to improve his TD defense following his last loss, he now has a more complete skillset.  The Phenom loves to finish with his hands, and Thunder hasn't been finished since 2003, so something will have to give...  

So lets hear it Maniacs.  Who would rule the day, in a world without Anderson Silva?  Will the favorites move on, or will we see an underdog rise to the top?  You decide.

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