UFC 12-Man MW Tourney Championship

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.

Semi-Final #1(SUDDEN-DEATH):  The 1st time around, we saw The Axe Murderer and the Oregon Mouth fight to a tie.  This time, Chael squeaked by with 51% of the Vote.  In fact, Sonnen garnered just 1 more vote than Wandy...   Enough can't be said for the Maniac's love of the Axe Murderer!!!  Sonnen now finds himself in the Championship round opposing none other than The Phenom....

                                                            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                                                                                    Championship   1 C. Sonnen

                                                            QF3      3 V. Belfort                                                           3 V. Belfort

Match #3:    6 Yushin Okami                             6 Yushin Okami

                 11 Dan Miller                                                                      SF2  3  V. Belfort

                                                            QF4      2  N. Marquardt                   2 N. Marquardt

Match #4:    7 Michael Bisping                          10 A. Belcher

                 10 Alan Belcher

Tournament Championship:  It took Sonnen 2 go-rounds to best Wanderlei and earn his spot in the title match.  He now faces the most dangerous striker in the tourney, in Vitor Belfort.  Will Chael's wrestling ability earn him the gold or will Vitor unleash another highlight KO to win the strap, only one way to find out....

In the event of a tie, a randomly selected Maniac will act as the tie breaker.  That Maniac will be the 1st person to post a response in the comments section... 

So lets hear it Maniacs.  Who would rule the day, in a world without Anderson Silva?  Chael Sonnen or Vitor Belfort?  You decide.

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