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It Won’t Be Chael Sonnen Fighting Anderson Silva in Abu Dhabi


(‘Nate, whaddaya say we call it a draw and go get some cheeseburgers?’ Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine)

The great mystery as to who will step up and challenge for Anderson Silva‘s middleweight title at UFC 112 on April 10 is looking like it will be solved by process of elimination.  Chael Sonnen, who became the number one contender with his upset of Nate Marquardt, now says he won’t be making the quick turnaround to face Silva in Abu Dhabi.  But with Sonnen and Vitor Belfort both ruled out, who’s left? 

Marquardt is coming off a loss at UFC 109.  Demian Maia won a fairly plodding and unimpressive decision over Dan MillerWanderlei Silva and Michael Bisping are set to go at it next weekend at UFC 110.  Face it, there just aren’t many acceptable substitutes available.  If the UFC grabs the first warm 185-pound body they can find and shoves him into a title fight with Silva, we’re looking at a potential farce of epic proportions.  And haven’t we learned our lesson about matching Silva against guys he’s not really interested in beating up?

The best solution at this point would be to either pull Silva from the event entirely and wait until a credible contender is available, or else forget about the title for a little while and get to work finding an interesting 205-pounder who’s willing to accept the challenge.  Easier said than done, I suppose.

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ithertz- February 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm
so the ufc announced its anderson vs maia huh? GREAT FIGHT.....................
fiveforfive- February 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm
Booo Maia. I guess the lineage is easier to justify, with Maia being the last to beat #1 contender Sonnen(R). I would much rather see Nate in there.

It seemed to me like Nate had been tuning his game to take on Andersen, and Sonnen beat his ass for it.

What does Ed Soares have to say about this!
Dagnut- February 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm
GSP would be crazy to take a fight with silva...silva has to much range..gsp is not stupid
Tact- February 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm
I would love to see Anderson go up to 205 and fight Gegard Mousasi. He just left M1 global, I wonder if he is contractually bound to fight anywhere for the next X fights? That would be a lot for Silva though, and for little gain outside of hardcore fans. I bet a substantial portion of the UFC fan base has not heard of Mousasi, at least to the extent they will know him, in the near future.
XxStifflerxX- February 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Come on! Rashad vs Silva! Maybe Rashad can unleash some of his anger on Machidas friend. loL! Same goes for Thiago Silva vs Anderson Silva!
XxStifflerxX- February 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm
How about Rashad Evan vs Anderson Silva? Or Thiago Silva vs Anderson Silva? Maybe Rashad while he waits for winner of Machida and Shogun or something.
mma samurai- February 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm
Also even though mousasi isn't with M-1 anymore he's still under contract to strikeforce for a few more fights so hold on tight. It might take some time before he makes the big jump to the UFC
831 Son- February 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm
Its already confirmed that Demian Maia is getting the fight. Another highlight reel finish by Anderson..

By the way, fu_kkcongo, go watch those fights again, Nate was never winning that fight and neither was Hendo. Henderson might have had the first round because of LNP but got smashed the rest of the fight. Fucking dumb ass.
mma samurai- February 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm
I just read on the UFC's profile on facebook it's gonna be Silva and Maia. ANyone else here this??
mt59801- February 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm
What about that GSP guy I hear he's pretty good and keep it a title fight all the way around
jizzninja- February 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm
Fuck! I wish hendo was still in the picture. I really think hendo would put silva out. Cote doesn't want the fight he never did. Fk the belt right now just let's see silva fight a real 205r hmmmm...give him Bones. I know I'm crazy but who would like to see that
fu_kkcongo- February 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm
well of course....they have to keep throwing him cans....like cote, griffin, irvin, leben, lutter....everytime they throw himactual competition he almost loses...hendo..killing him..then he gassed...nate, gave him great fight...only good contender he rocked waqs franklin..and i personally dont place franklin in top 5, even back then...cant wait for this guy to be exposed!!!!!! JUST SET UP gsp..gsp Would fight him now...even at 190lbs, and he would DESTROY him
Shibumi- February 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm
Damn.... wanted silva v sonnen.
budsellers- February 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm
it seems that this has been disected by now... none of the legitimate ufc MW fighters can step in for a title shot and the only other ufc fighter who would be legitimately accepted as a MW title contender is gsp. silva vs somebody else without a title on the line could be a number of people, but perhaps it is smarter to replace that fight all together.

i could go for a replacement match of couture vs franklin @ 205!!

Keyser Soze- February 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm
Without the Silva vs. Belfort title fight, that PPV becomes less interesting (to me, my opinion alone and not trying to speak for others). If it can't be a title fight, or a worthy and interesting LHW, or GSP, then I don't know if Zuffa will get my money.

Mousasi... won't happen.
Sonnen... refused to step in (just talks sh*t).
Marquardt... he's a fighter, he'd take the fight if he were offered and allowed.
Couture... DW doesn't want to be an accomplice in a homicide.
Bisping and Wanderlei... committed.

Of all the possible opponents... Cote's most likely. He didn't get KO'ed or subbed, took some hard punches and still stood. He's got a solid chin, power in his fists, and is one of the few MW's who's not committed to another fight or injured.

Hughes vs Renzo... yawn. Doesn't affect WW division much, if at all.

The remaining undercard has only one real interesting fight (for me)... the Etim fight. Terry Etim puts on good fights, worth watching but not for $45.

I'm not a fan of Penn, but he's going to ruin Edgar, not a lot of surprise element there. Given the ass whooping GSP put on Penn, Edgar doesn't have the power to put Penn away, and Penn's submission/ground game is just too much for Edgar to handle. Could Edgar pull a Serra? If all the planets align just right and Penn comes down with a case of immediate pre-fight partial paralysis... perhaps. Let's just say I have more confidence in my lottery tickets.

Couture vs. Silva... I like Couture. He's classy, always stepped up for the UFC, he's done a lot for the sport, and wants good fights not titles. I know he's a tough guy and fearless, not afraid to fight anyone. For that reason alone, I wouldn't want to see him get seriously hurt. Franklin's a much safer fight for Couture... not that I think the Spyder would deliberately try to seriously hurt Couture, but accidents happen.

Crap... got caught up mulling over the Penn fight and Couture potential, didn't realize Cote's fighting Belcher next.
fiveforfive- February 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Belcher says that he's ready. Ask him.
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mmaniac22- February 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm
- Akiyama (Just one loss in his career against a HW, and that was in 2005)

- Okami (He is very capable on winning by legal methods this time)

- Ryo Chonan (Lol maybe he can Flying Scissor Heel Hooks Anderson again)

PS: "Though Yushin lost against me, he came forward and asked to train with me: Is this a Japanese thing? It is admirable that he tried to learn from an opponent who defeated him. While at Team Quest in Portland, he thoroughly handled me during training. I was lucky that I managed to defeat him in our fight. I probably won't agree to a rematch with him (laughs)" Those are Sonnen's words [Check it CP]
stylin- February 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm
They should give Okami the shot. They could pull him from his Fight Night match with no problem. I know he lost his last fight to Sonnen, but he should have had a shot a long time ago. Plus they could still use the rematch story to hype it up.
just some dong- February 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm
Andy vs. Randy @ 205 would be epic. MAKE IT HAPPEN DANA!!!
just some dong- February 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm
Silva vs. Randy @ 205 would be epic. MAKE IT HAPPEN DANA!!!
Harry Nips- February 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Silva vs. Cote- but only if Cote gets to wear Fedor's sweater during the fight.
freshkimo- February 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Mousassi isn't signed to M-1 Global anymore as of Friday. I say Dana brings him in at LHW to fight Anderson. Case closed.

:)
Pedals_not_required- February 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm
@just_the_tip - YES! I have been saying that all day long, and just registered to chime in on the topic. It makes a lot of sense to scrub Hardy because he hasn't earned that title shot yet and the only reason he's getting it is because we haven't seen GSP in action for a while. We're due! The dude packed on another 15 pounds of muscle in his downtime and has been pondering a jump up in weight to get some better competition. Screw the details, just put him in there with Silva. Record PPV buys await.

So long as nobody calls up James Toney and gets him to cut weight...even though I'd personally love to see the smile get wiped from his face.
ghostboner- February 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Couture would be a good fight, but I read that Randy is in line to fight the winner of Shogun-Machida. I don't know if the old man would risk his title shot, especially against Anderson. I would love to see that fight though. Let's hope Randy calls him out.
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