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 #4 Was essentially like watching a fat kid devour a cupcake... The cupcake had no chance. Nate absolutely destroyed Belcher in the polls taking 91% of the vote. The Great now moves on to the semis to face The Phenom in a MMA fan's wet dream match.
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 2 N. Marquardt
Match #4: 7
Michael Bisping 10 A. Belcher
10 Alan Belcher
Semi-Final #1 will give us a real taste of Wanderlei's standing within the MW division, as he takes on Tournament fav Chael "I tell it like it is" Sonnen. Can The Axe Murderer shut Sonnen up via old school knees, or will Chael's wrestling be to much for the well traveled Brazilian? I'm interested to see how the voting goes in this one. Will the Maniacs vote based on the current skills and recent performances of the respective combatants, or will they vote with their hearts? Winner moves on to await the winner of Nate/Vitor for the Tourney Championship...
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.