During 5 of the next 6 (Zuffa-run) events there will be 6 meaningful fights in the Middleweight Division including Current Strikeforce MW Champ, Former Strikeforce MW Champ, Former Bellator MW Champ and Current UFC MW Champ not to mention 10 of the 12 Fighters in these scraps are ranked in the top 15 of the division. (Rankings from Tapology.com Consensus)
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UFC Middleweight Championship #1 Anderson Silva VS #2 Chael Sonnen (July 7th @ UFC 148)-
The Most Dominant Champ in History faces the only man to truly test him in the last 6 years. Striking and Submission Advantage to Silva, Grappling to Sonnen.
#4 Mark Munoz VS #9 Chris Weidman (July 11th UFC on Fuel 4)
Both Fighters Sporting 4 Fight win streaks in the UFC's Middleweight division including wins over Maia, Lawlor, Leben, and Sakara means the winner has to be in title talk. Wrestling is a wash, Wiedman gets the advantage in Submissions as well as Speed and Technique in the Stand up Dept. While Munoz Gets the Advantage in Ground and Pound along with Power in his Stand up strikes
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship #12 Luke Rockhold VS #15 Tim Kennedy (July 14th Strikeforce)
Current Strikeforce Middleweight Champ Rockhold fights the only top MW in Strikeforce he has hasnt beat In Tim Kennedy. Kenndy gets the slight advantage in Wrestling while rockhold holds advantages in every other Dept, including a big gap in their Striking Games
#7 Hector Lombard VS #11 Tim Boestch (July 21st UFC 149)
Riding a 24 fight Unbeaten Streak the last Bellator Middleweight Champion finally debuts in the UFC against Tim Boetsch who is riding a three fight win streak against Kendall Grove, Nick Ring and his Comeback of the Year candidate KO against Yushin Okami. Both Are Judo Players even though i think the advantage should he choose to use it lies with the Cuban Olympian. Lombard has the advantage in every category IMO except Strength.
#8 Yushin Okami VS #14 Rousimar Palhares (Aug 11th UFC 150)
The Middleweight Mainstay Okami is coming off Back to Back losses for the first time in his career against the Leg Lock Specialist Palhares who is also coming off a loss. Both got finished in their last fights and Both of their strengths are the Ground Game. As far as Striking goes i would give the speed and technique advantage to Okami and the Power to Palhares. Palhares has the Submission Advantage by a large Margin.
#21 Ed Herman VS NR Jake Shields (Aug 11th UFC 150)
Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Shields return to the Middleweight Division to take on Ed Herman who is 3-0 with all finishes since returning from a long injury layoff. I think Herman is the better striker, and Shields is definitely the better grappller and Submission artist.
Here is what i think
I think Anderson silva will defeat Sonnen via 2nd RD TKO
Munoz will Grind out Weidman and survive multiple Submission attempts to either finish late or get a decision
Rockhold will Struggle with Kennedy's toughness but will finish him by SUB
Hector Lombard will defeat Boestch but i dont think he will finish him
Ed Herman will Spoil Jake Shields Return and move into the top 15-20
Patrick Cote KO's Cung Le Late in thier UFC 148 fight
Alan Belcher will face Vitor Belfort
Michael Bisping faces Brian Stann
Jacare is the only one in the TOP 15 either not injured or with out a fight announced