Anderson “The Spider” Silva defended his belt at UFC 148 last Saturday against his most formidable opponent to date. Now the state of the middle weight division has found itself in a familiar place. It seems confusing when fighters start arguing about who should fight Silva next when the answer is simple. Make them fight each other until one man stands alone atop the hill in the division. So who earns the next challenge to dethrone the champ? Talk has been in strong circulation that Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz will get the nod from the UFC bosses if he wins tonight.
Apparently it seems to make sense since Silva needs another opponent to ensure he fights before the end of the year and Munoz is about to fight another top contender which would make a great Segway in to setting up a match between the two. This is why I really hope Munoz doesn’t win. If Chris “The All American” Weidman beats Munoz then the UFC will be forced to allow the division to sort itself out further before gifting another under challenged fighter a title shot against the undisputed, pound for pound, most accurate and longest undefeated fighter in MMA, ever.
Ostensibly it wouldn’t hurt anything to allow all the middle weight action in the next couple weeks to sort itself out. Don’t forget Luke Rockhold will be defending his Strikeforce Middle Weight Strap against Tim Kennedy on Saturday. After that Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch will be welcoming Middle Weight Champ Hector “Shango” Lombard to the UFC at UFC 149 on Pay-per-view.
I’m tired of the middle weight division being so convoluted with a slew of contenders who seem to get fed one after another to “The Spider.” I understand that Silva probably gives UFC matchmaker Joe Silva headaches as he eats alive every opponent thrown at him but at the end of the day, Anderson Silva, the sport of MMA, and all the fans would benefit from one clear cut contender fighting the champ.
It may require the UFC to pay George “Rush” St. Pierre enough to move up for a super fight or bring “Sugar” Rashad Evans over and create a quick bracket for the next couple fight cards. I know I’m probably alone on this but I would like to see the contenders fight it out more even if it means we won’t see Silva unleash his ninja like skills in a mere couple months. At the very least make Michael Bisping, Hector Lombard, Brian Stann, Alan Belcher and Mark Munoz duke it out first even though they seemed content to talk their way in to a title shot.
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