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Never Fear, Anderson Silva Will Fight Someone at UFC 112

(‘And don’t let me catch you looking at my little sister again!’)

Good news for those of you who already bought your plane tickets to Abu Dhabi and have spent the last few weeks learning how to say, ‘Stand ‘em up!’ in Arabic. Despite losing Vitor Belfort to a shoulder injury, UFC 112 will still feature Anderson Silva fighting someone in the 185-pound range for a big hunk of shiny metal and leather. As Dana White recently told, Silva has not been pulled from the event just because his top challenger is out, and he’ll still be defending his belt (so abandon your hopes for a light heavyweight superfight, or a heavyweight super-superfight).

The question that has yet to be answered is, who will this opportunistic middleweight be?

The smart money is still on Chael Sonnen. He’s the kind of guy who might have just the right tough-to-reckless ratio to agree to the fight on two months’ notice, facial lacerations and shortened training camp be damned. If the fight were in the U.S., getting him medically cleared to fight might be an issue. Since it’s in Abu Dhabi, everything should be cool as long as his entourage doesn’t include a woman who knows how to read.

The flip side is, if Sonnen can’t take the fight and Belfort is out, any middleweight the UFC throws in there is going to look like the poorest of substitutes. Even Nate Marquardt, who would have seemed like a suitable replacement as recently as last Friday, couldn’t rightfully get the shot now without a great deal of howling from the fans.

If only the UFC still had the world’s number two middleweight in their stable, they could really make some wonderful lemonade out of these lemons.  But nah, he wasn’t worth it.  Right?

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ghostboner- February 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm
@macreadysshack - It was a freak injury, and trying to say that "Silva blew it out" is ludicrous. They weren't even close to each other when it happened. They prob will try to pump it with some equally ludicrous hype, which we will all laugh at, and Anderson will not have a six month layoff after beating up Cote because he will not take any damage.

And when you say Rousimar Palhares all I can hear is "the guy whose most recent loss was to Henderson, whose most recent loss was to Silva"
macreadysshack- February 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm
This fucking sucks.

As irritating as you guys seem to think idestroy is, I think Palhares is a dangerous MF at MW.

Sonnen won't even have time to get his head vagina healed up.

Nate fucked up too badly.

Maia/Nate is self explanatory for why Maia ain't it.

Patrick Cote? Are you fucking serious? Silva blew out his knee just forcing him to move around. Cote didn't look like he was even in the same zip code as Silva.

Robby Lawler would be mildly entertaining but Lawler's luck against superior strikers won't hold up against AS.

This needs to be at LHW or postponed. We've all seen how A.S. performs when he gets a scrub.

If it absolutely has to happen at MW then give it to Palhares. He's got pretty dynamic standup, strength, takedowns and the subs.

It'll probably be Cote and they'll sell it with a bunch of BS about how he was 'winning' the fight and it was a freak injury. Silva will demolish him in the first round and then it's another six months waiting for him to fight somebody legit.

And remember people, Anderson's fights are numbered. He doesn't have too many left before he retires. Are you sure you want to see him square off with Cote for his next to last (or second to last) fight?
ghostboner- February 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm
@Ricardo Cabeza - "UFC 112 Total Disrace" I laughed hard. Imagined Bruce Buffer yelling it...Also, I'm afraid I have to call you Dick Head.

@DaltonSwayze - Awesome name. And awesome idea, Gegard would be an entertaining fight. Prob sell a shitpile of tickets too in that region. Too bad it won't happen.

Who will get the title shot? I'll break it down by numbers. Maia, has about an 8% chance. Okami has about 7%. Akiyama and Belcher, as awesome as they both are have about 1% to split between them. Marquardt has about 35% chance, simply because of his red beard. Cote has about 51%, and the reason is that he didn't technically get beat by Anderson, and he made it to round 3. Sonnen has a seperate set of odds, 100%, if he chooses to take it.

That said, I think it will end up being Nate.
Rickety Cricket- February 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Silva vs 3 middleweight contenders in one night. Warm up with Maia, then beat Marquardt, and finish with Sonnen. Silva will get at least 3 rounds of work in and the fans will get to see 3 knockouts. Its a win, win, win situation.
Hassium- February 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Everybody forgot the football season is over. Chad would be my first pick. At least he isn't a burnt out old fart trying to make an extra buck, he's a young buck with no intent to continue on in mma. Must say that's a step up.
Mike_Goldberg- February 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Child Please!!! its post season.. sign Ochocinco.
PortlandMMA- February 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm
No way in hell should Silva move up to heavyweight.
831 Son- February 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Silva will smash anyone in the MW division I just say he moves up and fights at LHW and HW. Giving Anderson someone that will just get demolished will just feed the little trolls even more to want Anderson to lose.
robthom- February 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Randy could beat him.
Tai-Pan- February 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Why does the fight have to be at 185 if Sonnen or Vitor can't compete? At 205 I wouldn't mind seeing him fight, Couture or Rashad. Really the fight should be postponed- yes again - until Vitor or Sonnen can fight Anderson, or at 205.

Cote and Akiyama are the only middleweights that make some sense and are available.
budsellers- February 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm
@largemidget - there is no way bisping gets a title shot until he turns SOMEBODY else off (like hendo did to him)...

yes, the ufc(dana) does seem to like to overhype their uk fighters, but there is also the problem that bisping has never been ranked in the MW top 10 and does not even own a win over a top 10 fighter! he doesn't even have a close decision loss to a top 10 fighter!!

hardy at least has wins over a couple of former top 10 WW fighters(swick & gono)...
RockSteady- February 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm
They should just scrap the Silva fight altogether; whoever they put against him will just say he didnt have the right training camp when he loses
punchguyinface- February 12, 2010 at 11:54 am
Let him fight Couture
robthom- February 12, 2010 at 11:45 am
Akiyama sounds good to me.
He's a tough scrapper.

That would actually be kind of a cool fight IMO.

And he's fresh enough to the roster that a competitive loss to the champ this early wouldn't set him back much.

There'd still be plenty of other fights to put himself right back in line again.
Durden- February 12, 2010 at 11:44 am
It'll be Yoshihiro Akiyama seeing how his fight with "The other white Silva" was cancelled.
just some dong- February 12, 2010 at 11:39 am
If it's for the belt at 185, the only guys that you can really make a case for as being deserving are Vitor and Sonnen, and if we're reaching a bit, then possibly Maia and Cote. Vitor's out and Sonnen really needs to rest up. Maia isn't really deserving and doesn't present a stylistically intriguing matchup, I think most will agree (see: the Leites fight). Cote is a possibility, but I doubt the fans would care much to see that again (except Canadians), and the UFC factors that stuff in as much as anything. It therefore has to be a scrap at 205 against someone noteworthy... though no names are springing to mind that aren't already slated to fight someone else. And forget about GSP; he's said he'd need like a year to put on the muscle to fight at 185, and I'm sure he'd want a trial match before putting his legacy on the line.

Personally, I wish they'd just push the fight out a month or two and give Sonnen a fair shot. After all his talk, that's the fight I want to see.
LargeMidget- February 12, 2010 at 11:26 am
@ Peckawoodd - Apparently you missed UFC 109.

I didn't know Maia was out on medical suspension though, if that's true then that sucks. Then again, this fight is in Abu Dhabi, so I don't think the athletic commisions around here will apply.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Yoshihiro Akiyama get the shot. This is going to be an international broadcast after all and when you take Japan into account the worldwide payperview buys would be staggering.

Also, it is very likely that the winner of Bisping/Silva could produce a replacement, granted the winner doesn't take too much punishment. Actually, considering this fight involves Wanderlei Silva, I don't like the odds of the winner coming out unharmed. But I will say that if Bisping scores the 1st round KO, he is 110 fucking percent getting the title shot against Silva in Abu Dhabi. We all know how the UFC loves their UK fighters.
iDestroy- February 12, 2010 at 11:18 am

I said it would be the last time. I just had to make sure everyone knows where I stand. I feel he's a viable threat and would hate for anyone to discredit him.

War Palhares!
budsellers- February 12, 2010 at 11:09 am
i was going to post the same thing as smitty...

gsp said if he goes up MW, he will not go back to WW so that would make room for some great fights at WW!
iDestroy- February 12, 2010 at 11:05 am
I wonder where Daniel.mtl is. I would love to hear his opinion on the subject.
Hendos Right Hand- February 12, 2010 at 11:05 am
Cote actually took some hard shots from Anderson and it didn't daze him, but with that said, it was also a boring fight. We can only hope if it is Cote, they actually fight this time.

I wouldn't mind seeing Okami get the shot!
robthom- February 12, 2010 at 11:04 am
I suspect that even if Nate did get a pass and another shot that he wouldn't be able to show up with all cylinders firing after getting embarrassed by sonnen like that.

He's gonna need some fixer upper fights first before he'll be running smooth again IMO.
cecils_pupils- February 12, 2010 at 10:59 am
iDestroy Says:
Fri, 02/12/2010 - 09:22

I know yall are probably sick of hearing it, so I'll say it only once more.

Rosimar. Palhares.

Dude. Yes. We. Are. All. Sick. Of. You. Pumping. Palhares. Drop. It. Already. The. Horse. Is. Dead.
Nick420Diaz- February 12, 2010 at 10:55 am
I think Sexyama vs Silva is the best choice.
MaximumSpaniard- February 12, 2010 at 10:50 am
Demian Maia seems like the obvious choice. I wouldn't mind if that one ended in an upset. Maia seems to be the only logical choice that WOULD happen. I'm sure Anderson wants to avenge his "loss" to Okami though :3