So after Vitor kicked Bisping's head, along with any hopes of a title shot, out of the building last night I got to thinking about how the division should play out going forward. While there might be some intruiguing matchups to pursue, the question becomes which of those said matchups will develop contenders deserving of a shot against Anderson Silva. Well I came up with a plan and I'm curious to see from you guys if it's relatively close to being reasonable. I mixed matchups that have already been announced with personal prefernce ones. Let me know what you guys think.
#1 Contender To Silva
Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort
- This all depends on how Weidman's recovering, but it makes too much sense. People already want to see him vs Silva already and a win over Belfort would solidify the hype. Vitor propelled himself back into the picture last night and a win over another top 10 MW would make him deserving of a title shot.
Hector Lombard vs Yushin Okami Winner
Brian Stann vs Wanderlei Silva Winner
- Both matchups take place on the same card so the timing makes sense. I think it's safe to assume that outside of maybe Lombard, everyone here needs multiple wins to get back into contention. Even in Lombards case I think it would be smart not to push him into a fight vs Silva asap. Let's say hypothetically Lombard beats Okami and Stann beats Wandy. You then matchup Lombard vs Stann for a shot at being in a #1 contenders fight to Silva's belt.
Jacare Souza vs Costa Philippou Winner
Luke Rockhold vs Cung Le Winner
- This is where I mixed SF crossovers with sensible matchups IMO and here's why. Jacare is coming in with just as much if not more hype than Rockhold. Match him up vs Costa and the winner solidifies ther position in the top 10 of the division and moves closer to contention. Rockhold vs Le is a stylistic dream that still makes sense ranking wise after Le's destruction of Franklin. Let's say hypothetically here that Rockhold and Jacare both win. Now the ufc can market this as the rematch between former SF champs for a spot at being in a #1 contender fight for the title.
Now these matchups could play out in many different ways opposite of my hypothetical predictions but let's keep going with what I have so far.
Now let's say Weidman beats Belfort. Now we have Silva's next opponent along with the rest of the division soundly moving along. Just like the ufc is doing with welterweight coming up we could have the top 6 MWs fight on 1 card. The card would look like this.
UFC MW Championship
Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman
Luke Rockhold vs Jacare Souza
Hector Lombard vs Brian Stann
Once again, hypothetically of course, that Jacare beats Rockhold and Lombard beats Stann. The UFC now has another #1 contender fight to Silva/Weidman winner that people can get behind. It would be:
#1 Contender for MW Belt
Jacare Souza vs Hector Lombard
There you have it. Mr_Mousasi's Middleweight Mapout. Talk, Discuss and Bash. Let me know what you think.
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