First, A few disputes.
Posted by Kpro
Hendo deserves it over Maia/Marquardt.
I disagree. Let's compare Maia's wins over Hendo's wins.
Hendo is on a three fight win streak. A UD over Palhares, a SD over Franklin, and a knockout over Bisping. Mind you, the Franklin fight was at 205, so that's only two wins at MW.
Maia is on a five fight win streak. A submission over Jensen, a submission over Herman, a submission over MacDonald, a submission over Quarry, and a submission over Sonnen, all very impressively. And in order to get his shot, he will have to beat Marquardt, which will most likely only happen by submission. That will be six straight fights, all wins coming by submission.
So while Hendo may have faced one tougher opponent in Rich Franklin, it doesn't compare to the amount of people that Maia has submitted in a row, especially with names like MacDonald, Quarry, Sonnen, and (assuming) Marquardt on the list. Maia deserves the shot if he beats Marquardt, and this is coming from a Hendo fan.
Posted by shane
Silva will lose his next 3 fights.
I don't think Anderson can beat Griffin. Too much size and heart. Anderson is quick and accurate with his strikes but I don't see him having enough power to (T)KO Griffin. So Griffin will most likely get the UD there. SILVA 0-1
Well moving up in weight didn't work he better go back down and defend his strap. If it's Hendo, hands down don't just win he finishes. He is only to win a round aginst Anderson in the UFC. He control the Silva on the ground in Rd1 and got caught in Rd2. Remember it took a body triangle and a rear naked choke to get the TAPOUT. Now Hendo is showing off his striking again.
If not Hendo then Maia. This one is a little more tricky. Maia stand is crap. But his BJJ is by far the best made for MMA. He may have to weather a storm but I know he can get the TAPOUT.
Marquardt looked ok the first time around until he got rocked. Avoid this and he has the skill set to win a WAR. 3 rounds to 2. SILVA 0-2
What's left a superfight with the most well rounded fighter in MMA......GSP. GSP always has the best gameplan. I see no way of Silva stoping the shot or catching a sub. GSP by 3rd TKO. SILVA 0-3
You had some good points, and you may just be on to something. However, there is one fatal flaw in your logic. If Silva loses to Forrest, moves back down and loses to Hendo/Maia/Marquardt, then he'll never get to fight GSP. There won't be a point anymore. GSP will be the #1 p4p fighter in the world and will never fight somebody who's on a two fight losing streak.
So maybe Silva 0-2, but not quite 0-3.
Now onto the good stuff.
Posted by cowcatcher
you basically laid out the scenario i was thinking was most possible. to me thats the right thing to do although joe silva did tell rogan during the broadcast last night that the winner of swick/kampmann gets the next crack at gsp so that could throw a wrench in the works.
Yeah bro, I heard Joe Silva say that. But I think that could've been just thrown out there to answer Rogan's question. If Anderson beats Forrest and GSP wants the fight, its almost certain they'll put the belt on hold for an Anderson/GSP super fight. They did it before for BJ, and this fight will be even bigger. Not only is it GSP and Anderson, but its the #1 and the #2 p4p fighters in the world. This fight would be to determine once and for all who the best pound for pound fighter in the world is. Imagine the marketability.
But with that being said, Anderson has to beat Forrest in order for this to happen. If he loses, a lot of his draw will be gone, and the UFC would never risk GSP beating him and completely killing off what drawing power he has left.
I actually like Maia more than Marquardt, and for the time being, Forrest slightly more than Anderson. But with the crazy possible fight sequence that comes with them losing, it's hard not to root against them. This is assuming the UFC is thinking what I'm thinking anyway.
I can't wait to see what happens.