The beat(ings) goes on ...
With UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva holding a steady lead over Pride FC-era Alistair Overeem on the other side of the semifinal bracket in our first-ever Round 5 fantasy tournament, which features seven fighters included in the most recent Ultimate Collector Series 10, it's time to determine who the winner will face in the final later this week.
And, for the first time, we have significant size mismatch.
However, it could have been even bigger had former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis not squeaked past reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz, in quarterfinal action. Indeed, "Showtime" secured 54 percent of your votes to topple the "Dominator" and set up a showdown with former Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto Machida.
Even though 50 pounds officially separate the two, the good news is that Machida only stands about three inches taller than Pettis. That means if Pettis packs on some muscle and narrows the gap, he could have a shot at scoring an upset over "The Dragon," who BARELY survived an opening round scare against Brazil's No. 1 Public MMA enemy, Chael Sonnen.
So ... Here. We. Go.
It's now Lyoto Machida vs. Anthony Pettis.
This bout is scheduled for three rounds, with the winner poised to advance to the finals to take on the winner of Anderson Silva vs. Alistair Overeem (more on that showdown here). Once again, it's up to you to decide who advances by casting your votes below.
Will it be the bigger former 205-pound champion who has eluded just about everyone he has faced with the exception of Mauricio Rua and Jon Jones, or will it be Pettis, a top 155-pound contender who possess some of the most dynamic and unpredictable strikes in the sport today right alongside the same man, Jones, who gave Machida fits?
Pick either Machida or Pettis to advance, based on their respective skills represented in their Round 5 figurine. To get a closer look at each fighter click here and here. And remember to make your argument for their victory in the comments section after voting in the poll.