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Healthy Alternative: Who should Anderson Silva fight at UFC 112?

The recent unfortunate news of a shoulder injury that has forced Vitor Belfort out of his anticipated title clash with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has left promotion matchmaker Joe Silva stuck between a rock and a hard place yet once again.

Of course there’s always the possibility that a late replacement for “The Spider” could always be of the light heavyweight variety, but Anderson fought in a non-title fight in his last bout, and as dominant as he currently is at the weight class, I think the 185 pounders deserve a crack at the elusive throne one way or another.

It also appears that UFC President Dana White seems to share the same sentiment as he recently revealed through a text message to MMAFighting.com that Silva would in fact remain on UFC 112 card in Abu Dhabi set for April 10, and he would compete at 185 pounds.

With that being said, come along as I dive into possible replacements in what will undoubtedly be viewed as an underdogs big chance to spoil Anderson’s seemingly impenetrable title reign that currently spans five defenses over the best middleweights the UFC has had to offer.

Chael Sonnen: While there’s little use arguing the fact that Sonnen is in line to face Silva next, the aspiring politician’s recent mauling of Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 left him with a medical suspension March 24 with no contact until March 9 due to forehead and nasal-bridge lacerations. That means no sparring or rolling until March 9, and the athletic commission means it. A serious suspension could be handed down if they find out any different. So that gives Sonnen a solid month to train for the biggest fight of his life. Not exactly ideal conditions, but how often are they in life? I’ll say this much: I would be shocked if Sonnen turned down an opportunity like this under any circumstances. Chances are high we see Sonnen stepping up to the plate here.

Demian Maia: Maia is currently riding a nasty medical suspension that runs through August 6 due to an left vertical upper eyelid laceration, but there’s a chance that he could be cleared early by an ophthalmologist or ocular-plastics doctor. Either way, I find Maia as an unlikely candidate to be the replacement opponent in this bout with little chance outside of a Ryo Chonan flying heel hook at victory.

Ricardo Almeida: Now keep in mind, Almeida’s mentor Renzo Gracie is also fighting on this card, and the Brazilian vs. Brazilian aspect of the possible bout would be mouth watering to the Jiu-Jitsu loving Abu Dhabi spectators. Of course, Almeida has stated in the past just how badly he desired to drop down to 170 pounds, and a scheduled UFC 111 bout with Matt Brown where “The Big Dog” is expected to do just that would have to be scrapped, but this is a title fight with the most dominant champion in the business we’re talking about here; Anything could happen.

Nate Quarry: We’re not necessarily looking at fighters that have the best chance of knocking Silva from his throne, but fighters that would make an entertaining last minute replacement that possess a win in their previous outing at the very least; Two previous wins would be better. “The Rock” falls in the two wins in a row category with back to back victories over the likes of Tim Credeur and Jason MacDonald. A scheduled UFC Fight Night 21 bout with Jorge Rivera would have to be trashed if Nate managed to get the nod.

Rousimar Palhares: Another Brazilian vs. Brazilian match-up that would undoubtedly send the thousand and thousands of native Abu Dhabi fans into a frenzy. With an insanely dangerous ground game, this Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt holds recent back-to-back wins over the likes of Jeremy Horn and Lucio Linhares in the Octagon. As dominant a champion that Silva currently is at 185 pounds, you better believe that if anyone had a chance to dethrone “The Spider” from a stylistic viewpoint, it just might be the “Tree Stump”.

Yoshihiro Akiyama: With “Sexyama” yanked from an anticipated clash with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 110, the Japanese Judo stylist has nothing but time on his hands in regards to any type of fight being in front of him in the near future. Akiyama would be a perfect candidate as a replacement in the regard that he’s coming off of a big win over Alan Belcher at the biggest card ever, UFC 100, and seemingly could be battle-ready by early April.

Alan Belcher: “The Talent” is currently expected to face off with Patrick Cote at UFC 113, but don’t kid yourself into thinking that Alan would happily switch dates if given the nod from the UFC. The one thing that’s for sure about a potential Silva vs. Belcher clash is that it would absolutely deliver in excitement department.

Yushin Okami: Probably not going to see this one for two very basic reasons.: The first being that Okami most recently got his butt thoroughly kicked by Chael Sonnen, and the second being the extremely unlikely danger that Okami would manage to win the bout. That would be a marketing nightmare for the UFC. Although Silva avenging his last “defeat” in the cage would make a slightly intriguing selling point….. I guess.

Aaron Simpson: Three wins in a row with the UFC place Simpson’s name on this list of names to think about. Aaron’s previous performance in the bout with Tom Lawlor would make it hard for many fans to get very excited about this match-up at this point, but all options must be considered.

The winner of Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping: If the winner comes out and just blows through the victim in this bout while managing to keep nice and healthy, this could be an unlikely option. Coming back and fighting just a month and a half later for the winner of this bout make this a potential bout not to lose much sleep over.

33 COMMENTS
  • matt says:

    If I were Joe Silva I would leave myself three options. 1. Chael Sonnen if he is able to heal up and is willing to accept the fight on short notice and limited time to train. 2. The winner of Bisping vs. Silva if the winner is healthy and willing to fight again quickly. 3. I would allow him to fight up at 205 against Rashad Evans. A fight against evans would let him compete against a top 3 205er, and with a win over him and a possible Machida loss in May, Silva might be presented with the oppurtunity to be the first man in the ufc to hold two title belts simultaneously.

  • Jak says:

    None of those fighters.

    I really, really, really hope the UFC has learned it’s lesson with Thales Leites and Patrick Cote to not let fighters like that in the cage with Anderson Silva.

    Sure, they’ll talk smack before the fight and as soon as the cage closes they’ll curl up in a little fetal ball in the corner like Leites did.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    Alan Belcher

    is the perfect choice because

    He is coming of a 1st TKO of Wilson goveia and and 2 fight of the nights bonuses

    beat Ed Herman, Denis Kang, almost beat Akiyama

    and common he will stand and bang with silva for a very enternaining fight

    And he has just like everyone else to KO the spider with one lucky punch

    common Joe make it happen

    I will buy that card for sure

  • primetime says:

    Sonnen and Maia are the best options but they need to heel up. I say give Nate Quarry a shot…18-3 with 4 wins in his last 5 fights. I think Silva wins but it would still be a decent fight.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Chael Sonnen has to suck it up and train for the month and take advantage of what’s happening… If he didn’t call DW / Joe Silva and already say -“Hey I got this…”
    Then he shouldn’t complain if they skip over him the next time around regardless of what was promised him… After talking all that shit he should be looking to get in the cage with Anderson regardless how much time he has to train… talk the talk now walk the walk.

  • Colin says:

    Joe Silva has got to be cursing Dana White right now for letting Dan Henderson go. He would have been the perfect replacement. Are there any free agents out there worth snapping up? What about buying out the contract of a top middle weight with another promotion? Although his Black House training partner would never go for it, I would love to see Jacare in there.

  • Jarome_Turner says:

    Mousasi just his left M-1 management. I know he’s still under contract with Strikeforce, but I’m pretty sure he’s stated one of the things he likes about that contract is he has the option to fight wherever he wants. Bring him in and have Anderson KhimTFO at 185, catchweight, or light-heavyweight.

    Why not mention Marquardt? He just lost the #1 contender fight, but it’s not like he was stopped or even beaten badly at all. If Sonnen can’t fight for medical reasons, by default it shold go to Nate IMO.

  • Jak says:

    Colin: Joe Silva has got to be cursing Dana White right now for letting Dan Henderson go

    I would say it’s probably the other way around. Hendo got let go for wanting more money than other fighters that are bigger draws than he is.

    If he had stayed he would have got the fight he wanted and the leverage to negotiate a better deal. Instead he is an organization that’s possibly going to lose Mousasi sometime this year and after Jake Shields doesn’t have a lot of top calibre type fighters to offer Hendo.

  • H3ro says:

    Chael Sonnen should be picked for this fight. He was the next contender and since MMA is a part – time job for him, one month should be plenty of time for him to prepare. He says he only needs a month to train for a fighter. Also, he says MMA fighters really don’t train as much as they say. After all his shit talking, it’s his time to go in and fight for the title.

    A. Silva by KO

  • JollyDV says:

    Yoshihiro Akiyama, I would love to see that fight.

  • retrofitting123 says:

    well i guess we will know monday

  • retrofitting123 says:

    Jak: None of those fighters.I really, really, really hope the UFC has learned it’s lesson with Thales Leites and Patrick Cote to not let fighters like that in the cage with Anderson Silva.Sure, they’ll talk smack before the fight and as soon as the cage closes they’ll curl up in a little fetal ball in the corner like Leites did.  (Quote)

    Its just a matter of time now before silva literally kills someone at 185.Especially when ppl are fighting him on short notice

  • TURKISH says:

    It won’t be at middleweight, and it will likely be a fighter at 205 coming off of a loss like Luis Cane or Thiago Silva.

    Too many quality fighters are tied up because these cards are announced so many months in advance.
    Silva’s had his share of mediocre match ups at 185…Leites, Cote. It would be nothing more than a tune up fight to have him fight Alan Belcher or some other random 185lb. fighter.

  • KTru says:

    JollyDV: Yoshihiro Akiyama, I would love to see that fight.

    agree 100%

    by the way, where you been hiding Mel?
    I was beginning to think BigDick (or Dave) might have kidnapped you

    TURKISH: It won’t be at middleweight, and it will likely be a fighter at 205 coming off of a loss like Luis Cane or Thiago Silva.Too many quality fighters are tied up because these cards are announced so many months in advance.
    Silva’s had his share of mediocre match ups at 185…Leites, Cote. It would be nothing more than a tune up fight to have him fight Alan Belcher or some other random 185lb. fighter.

    DW already stated that Silva will still fight at 185. So unless you have some inside info, I’ll believe him.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    I have an idea, they should get Chuck Lidell to fight him. He of all people stands a punchers chance. But IMHO in his prime, he was too aggressive for silva and I think he would’ve gotten in that one punch that changes the whole fight. But now Chuck is old so that’s not going to happen, but it will still make for an entertaining fight.

  • crane_style says:

    I’m not so sure Sonnen would fight with such a short camp. If he fights Silva on six weeks notice, it maybe the only title shot he ever gets.

    If Belfort is gone because of the injury for awhile, why not wait and fight the winner of Silva’s next bout and then get a proper camp in? It’s probably going to be Silva anyway…

  • johnnydrama says:

    Isn’t Jake Shields contract up in StrikeForce? and he is appearing on the Ultimate Fighter.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Is Cote still rehabbing? If he’s available, he should get another shot. Yeah, I know, Silva will probably beat him, but he was doing alright until his injury, and I’m sure he’s wondering “what if?”

  • Rich S. says:

    I think Rousimar would stand a pretty good chance..
    Other than that I don’t see who could fight Silva..
    Everyone else is tied up, but, I guess you could easily break up a fight that is set months in advance for a title fight..

    – With the way Nate Quarry looked against Creduer, he would probably get massacred by Silva.. With that said, he has had a previous title fight and a long road back to recovery, so the story could make him a possible choice..

    – Simpson got worked by Lawlor in his last bout and I don’t think it would be any different if he fought Silva.. Except, he would need to be woken up at the end..

    – Akiyama makes sense, seeing as how he technically hasn’t lost in 5 years, but with only one win in the octagon, against Alan Belcher no less, it’s hard to make the case..

    – Belcher is a nice candidate too, he always bring the fight and has that huge “upset” factor about him, but his name isn’t big enough, and he lacks the top competition wins (at least the type that get you a fight with Anderson Silva)

    – Okami just suffered a loss, but before that he was the top dog in this division for how long? His title shot is way over due and the fact that there’s a nice story between him and Spider makes him a likely candidate..

    – Maia would’ve been a perfect candidate before his loss to Marquardt, but now he is coming off of a loss and probably his least impressive victory in the octagon, so I’m not so sure now..

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    I think the 205s offer the most intriguing match. Sonnen’s gotta be a no – go with his hacked up face. I really liked the above post from Turkish – don’t know why it’s getting thumbs down? – this is all hypothetical wishlist fantasy league ideas. It would be interesting to see Thiago Silva or Luis Cane from 205. I don’t think those guys would take it on the short notice. They’re both right on the cusp for getting back on the inside track for title with some careful orchestration. Would they throw Jon Jones at Anderson?

    The difficulty in getting the young up and comer fighters to step in is that Anderson makes guys look silly. But anybody who fights Anderson and loses is in the company of some really good fighters.

    I just really want to see Anderson fight again. He’s amazing.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Why can they not change the date depending on when Belfort or Sonnen are avaiible?. If they can’t ask Sonnen if he could make it, if not don’t bother. If they agree on 205 there are a few options but at 185?.
    Filho, Mousasi and Hendo would be my other oponents but we all know that the UFC is an island.

  • TURKISH says:

    KTru:
    DW already stated that Silva will still fight at 185.
    And it’s not like “DW” has ever backtracked on a statement before or been prone to hyperbole. He’s only made a career out of doing both quite often.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Sorry but Rece Rock are you saying that now Sonnen has earned a title shot he should put himself at a disadvantage?. He earned it so he is perfectly entitled to want a good camp and enough training time for what could be the biggest fight of his life. Why isn’t he?. I hope he takes the fight but what you are saying makes no sense. He has a title shot so why would him rushing it be taking advantage? He is not taking advantage of anything if he takes this fight. It puts him at a disadvantage considering he has a shot anyway.
    The fight should be delayed or at 205. Really it should be delayed to be fair to anyone but Silva, no including Silva.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Isn’t it funny that if you mention non UFC guys as worthy opponents people negative tick you straight away.
    I mean how can they be worthy?. They arn’t in the UFC! and as we all know when they enter the UFC a magic wand is waved over them to make them better than those…outsiders!.

  • Lethal Liquid says:

    Ilike Palhares a lot in this situation. While his Jiu-jitsu isn’t on Maia’s level his takedowns are far superior. As a card carrying member of the Anderson Silva fan club this matchup scares me the most. This guy is a credible threat if he gets the nod

  • Jak says:

    According to the top article on the UFC website, it’s Demian Maia.

    Boo-urns to that. :(

  • xtreme_machine says:

    It’s

    Damien Mia

  • nate says:

    just announced by the ufc on FB. silva vs demian maia for the belt…

  • LiverPunch says:

    O.K. it is Maia. So where does that leave Belfort and Sonnen?
    Who is next? This sux. If you have the next 2 opponents for the belt sorted you don’t just throw a 3rd guy in there ahead of them because it suits you schedule. Boooooooooooooooooooo! UFC. I think Maia will get destroyed. He better practice his takedowns.

  • KTru says:

    TURKISH:

    Anderson Silva v Demein Maia
    for the MW title…185 pounds

    hey LiverPunch,
    look at all your posts……why do you complain so much?

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Nate clocked Maia and had him counting sheep with one punch. Anderson will put him in a coma by looking at him.

  • Rece Rock says:

    hey liverpunch-

    if you didnt realize this already but nothings final till a contract is signed… DW can say anybody is getting a title shot next but until a contract is signed its an empty promise and in the past fighters have been promised one thing and given another…. all i gotta say is hendo, and thats just one example.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    LiverPunch: Why can they not change the date depending on when Belfort or Sonnen are avaiible?. If they can’t ask Sonnen if he could make it, if not don’t bother. If they agree on 205 there are a few options but at 185?.Filho, Mousasi and Hendo would be my other oponents but we all know that the UFC is an island.  (Quote)

    they cant change the date on a venue that is being built up in a first time location owned buy the new buisness partners that have a shit load of cash.
    they cant not for this one

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