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 #3 was nothing less than a beatdown. Vitor lit up Okami with 81% of the vote. Seems like Belfort is the real deal at 185. With numbers like that, seems most felt The Phenom would put Yushin to sleep with a little Thunder of his own. Vitor now takes his place in the final 4, to await the winner of Nate / Belcher....
QF1 1 C. Sonnen
Match #1: 8
Yoshihiro Akiyama 9 P. Cote
9 Patrick Cote SF1 1 C. Sonnen
5 W. Silva
Match #2: 5 Wanderlei Silva 5 W. Silva
QF3 3 V. Belfort
Match #3: 6 Yushin Okami 6
Dan Miller SF2 3 V. Belfort
QF4 2 N. Marquardt Winner of 2 / 10
Match #4: 7
Michael Bisping 10 A. Belcher
10 Alan Belcher
Quarter Final #4 should be somewhat of a striker's delight. Both Nate and Alan are known to have powerful striking. Both bring a good mix of speed, aggression, and creativity, in their respective attacks, but don't sleep on their ground games, as each is very serviceable on the mat... I expect this one to end via TKO or KO. Winner moves on to provide yet another fan friendly showdown with none other than The Phenom...
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.