It Won't Be Chael Sonnen Fighting Anderson Silva in Abu Dhabi

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RhythmAndStyle
2/12/10 6:07:38PM
The great mystery as to who will step up and challenge for Anderson Silva's middleweight title at UFC 112 on April 10 is looking like it will be solved by process of elimination. Chael Sonnen, who became the number one contender with his upset of Nate Marquardt, now says he won't be making the quick turnaround to face Silva in Abu Dhabi. But with Sonnen and Vitor Belfort both ruled out, who's left?

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ncordless
2/12/10 6:13:40PM
I say they continue the recent trend of signing great fighters from 5-10 years ago and bring back Oleg Taktarov to fight Silva.
king_katool
2/12/10 6:33:55PM
i say pull cote from MTL and give him his rematch, theres nothing else really they can do, he should go up to LHW and fight randy of luis cane or thiago silva,
Hendo67
2/12/10 6:33:59PM
I want to see it be a top fighter, not someone like Chris Leben, Nate Quarry or someone like that... I want to see him fight someone who's a legitimate threat to his title if indeed it's still a title fight.
Hendo67
2/12/10 6:34:49PM

Posted by king_katool

i say pull cote from MTL and give him his rematch, theres nothing else really they can do, he should go up to LHW and fight randy of luis cane or thiago silva,


Either of those 3 are just record padders, though.
king_katool
2/12/10 6:43:12PM

Posted by Hendo67


Posted by king_katool

i say pull cote from MTL and give him his rematch, theres nothing else really they can do, he should go up to LHW and fight randy of luis cane or thiago silva,


Either of those 3 are just record padders, though.



theres nobody else man, top LHWS are booked, top MWs are booked or JUST fought,
marcoDGK
2/12/10 6:45:19PM

Posted by Hendo67

I want to see it be a top fighter, not someone like Chris Leben, Nate Quarry or someone like that... I want to see him fight someone who's a legitimate threat to his title if indeed it's still a title fight.



absolutely! who would that be though. Right off the top of my head I can't think of someone.

Anderson Silva embarrassed Chris Leben! ko in like 30 seconds or something.
Hendo67
2/12/10 6:49:53PM
I know, i just don't want to see him defend his title against someone who stands very little chance is is undeserving, then have Silva not defend for another year... Y'know? Apparently he will be fighting at 185, and there's no one there that poses a real threat other than Sonnen/Marquardt/Maia... basically if it isn't one of those three, i don't want to see him defend against a record padder and then not fight for another year.
McBee
2/12/10 6:51:14PM
the next title shot was in the stars for Hendo he just left too early, this is why you do not piss people off Dana, DAMN IT I would love to see Hendo at it again.
McBee
2/12/10 6:53:56PM

Posted by McBee

the next title shot was in the stars for Hendo he just left too early, this is why you do not piss people off Dana, DAMN IT I would love to see Hendo at it again.



Maybe this is why Mousasi cut ties with M-1 so he could fight for the UFC title
Twenty20Dollars
2/12/10 7:14:41PM
Pull belcher or cote

Or Akiyama
prozacnation1978
2/12/10 7:16:53PM
i will say this the title belt is still on the line
no 205 bout this will be a middleweight title shot, has to be maia now

darkhouse pick?? rashad evans drops to 185 for title shot
mshalosky
2/12/10 7:20:23PM

Maybe this is why Mousasi cut ties with M-1 so he could fight for the UFC title

Even if he cut ties isnt he still under contract with dream for like two or three more fights? I wouldnt be excited in seeing that fight at all, Mousasi is good and finds a way to win but i dont think he has fought anyone that gets him anywhere close to the title shot.
I'd rather see maia step up, he actually has a chance if he can get it to the ground where he should have a huge advantage. besides anderson's been submitted before.
MaxOne
2/12/10 7:25:20PM
Give him Sean Sherk....
icantthinkofanything
2/12/10 7:56:50PM
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icantthinkofanything
2/12/10 8:11:29PM
Gsp vs Anderson


5 rounds for the Middleweight title
Twenty20Dollars
2/12/10 8:19:01PM
I mean if Belcher wins that SD over Akiyama there is no discussion over who would be facing silva. Belcher probably would have already signed for the fight.

Cote could be the guy with the last fight ending in injury but that's a big risk for cote because of the long layoff.

AnDeRsonDaSiLvA
2/12/10 8:40:55PM
Pele vs Anderson 3 !
xdanish020
2/12/10 8:48:18PM
As the article states, with Belfort out and Sonnen not going to be ready for 112, there really is no one available at MW for Anderson to fight unless they can somehow sign Mousasi and he makes the cut to MW. I'd love to see that fight...

I really think the UFC is just going to give Anderson another LHW fight though, like someone mentioned earlier, I think Thiago Silva or Luiz Cane are good matchups.
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