Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner in the "Which Barely Credible Challenger Wants to Get Thrashed by Anderson Silva on Two Months’ Notice?" sweepstakes. From UFC.com:
* Sure. He’s also a mediocre kickboxer.
** Come on, nobody uses the phrase "top six." Just say "top five" and hope nobody questions it.
So let’s break this down…
WHY DEMAIN MAIA IS A GREAT CHOICE TO STEP IN AGAINST ANDERSON SILVA:
He was the last guy to beat #1 contender Chael Sonnen, which makes him more qualified than anybody else. Maia was able to finish Sonnen in the first round of their fight last year thanks to his fearsome jiu-jitsu, which could pose problems for Silva as well — assuming Maia can get the fight to the ground. We have to admit, "MMA’s best striker vs. MMA’s best grappler" is a really good hook.
WHY DEMAIN MAIA IS A TERRIBLE CHOICE TO STEP IN AGAINST ANDERSON SILVA:
Putting Anderson Silva against a grappler is a great way to ensure that your main event will end in bitter frustration. And if Maia chooses to stand with Silva, forget it, he’ll get embarrassed just as badly as he was against Nate Marquardt. Are you guys ready for five rounds of circling and booing (or whatever it is that the Emirati people do to indicate displeasure)? Do any of you have high hopes for this one?