OK, we all think that the UFC MW division is in peril. So many a poster on here has tried to solve the "problem" in the division. I don't think that the problem needs solved. I've said this many times before, but every division in the UFC has gone through times like this:
LW-Jens Pulver left the UFC with the title, and the company eventually disbanded the entire division. Eventually, a new champ was crowned (Sean Sherk), and the division is the deeptest in the UFC.
WW-Matt Hughes ran through all comers, and the UFC had to bring in Frank Trigg. This allowed talent to develop, and contenders arose (GSP, Fitch, Sanchez, Koscheck, Karo, etc).
LHW-Never an extended period of being down, but Chuck did dominate this division for almost 4 years. Babalu shouldn't have gotten 2 shots at the belt. Then the UFC signed Rampage Jackson and Chuck got KTFO.
HW-Earlier this year. But then Randy Couture came back and beat Tim Sylvia and the UFC signed Cro Cop, Heath Herring, Big Nog, and Brock Lesnar. Plus, homegrown talent like Cheick Kongo stepped up.
So this is not the end of the MW division. Anderson Silva may look dominant right now, but someone will beat him. But who? Ahhhhhh...rest assured. The answer does not lie outside of the UFC with the likes of Paulo Filho, Denis Kang, Frank Trigg, or Matt Lindland. The answer is also not Dan Henderson. Nor do I think that GSP or Ryo Chonan should move up from the WW divison. I don't care if Mike Bisping drops, it doesn't make a difference. But this guy will:Demian Maia
(6-0) is a multiple time BJJ and Abu Dabi champion. He has some of the best submissions in all of MMA. I'll admit that I doubted him at UFC 77 against Ryan Jensen, but now I believe. Maia submitted Jensen in less than three minutes in his UFC debut. Demian also has wins over Lukas Chlewicki (5-2), Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira (7-4-1), Gustavo Machado (13-7-1), Fabio Negao (8-2), and Ryan Stout (9-7-1). So, unlike a lot of guys, Maia's record is not padded. At 28, and a world class athlete, he's the real deal.
As far as Maia's background goes, he's one of the best BJJ fighters in the world. You can check out his videos at www.youtube.com/DemianMaia if you want to see proof. He has wins in BJJ over Jacare and even Gabe Gonzaga and Gabe Mundial. Watch out for this kid.