The mixed martial arts landscape has remained the same for many years with GSP dominating the welterweight division and Anderson Silva dominating the middleweight division. The two are injured with GSP being the more severely injured as reports estimate he will be gone for a year. The once anticipated matchup between the two has been put off as the two divisions now have a laundry list of opponents awaiting them when they return. He has defended his title against Lutter, Franklin, Cote, Maia, Marquardt, Henderson, Leites, Sonnen, and Okami.
We look at the middleweight division and discuss the possible fighters to upset Da Spyder.
Chael Sonnen (24-10-1): The only fighter to come close to defeating Anderson Silva rebounded from a 14 month layoff to submit Brian Stann. He is now set to face Mark Munoz on the UFC on fox 2 card. He has an excellent chance against Silva as his style (wrestler) seems to be Silva’s kryptonite.
Mark Munoz (12-2): The former wrestling coach of Anderson Silva has established himself since the devastating knockout loss to Matt Hamill as a top middleweight contender. With wins over Leben, Dolloway, Maia and Simpson have made Munoz largely recognized as possibly the best wrestler in the division. He also holds a win over Sonnen in wrestling. The two meet to determine the number one contender to Anderson Silva.
Michael Bisping (22-3): One of the most polarizing figures in MMA mention his name outside of the UK and someone is bound to hurl insults regarding Bisping. But make no mistake about it he is one of the best middleweights in the world and it is time he gets the respect he deserves. His TKO win over Miller may have been the most satisfying victory of his career. Bisping is set to face Damian Maia and the argument could be made that a victory over Maia may result in Bisping getting a long awaited title shot against Anderson Silva.
Alan Belcher (17-6): Long overlooked in the middleweight division Alan Belcher has tree trunk legs to go along with devastating power. He has had several injuries that have prevented his ascension up the rankings but has won 3 straight with a recent win over Jason Macdonald.
Rousimir Palhares (13-3): Palhares is an accomplished bjj practitioner and maybe the strongest fighter in the middleweight division. He has won two straight since the Marquardt loss and is set to face Mike Massenzio at UFC 142.
Other notable fighters: The Anthony Johnson vs. Vitor Belfort winner, the Tim Boetsch vs. Okami winner. Although Belfort and Okami have already faced Silva if they were to be both upset you might have two new contenders in Boetsch and Johnson.
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