Friday, September 25, 2009

Vitor Leapfrogs Middleweight Contenders?

The L.A. Times website is reporting that the UFC is close to finalizing Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (19-8) vs. Anderson "The Spider" Silva (25-4) for the main event of UFC 108. This card will serve as the UFC's annual New Year's Eve blow-out and takes place this year on Saturday, January 2nd, 2010.

Some in the MMA community are upset at this announcement. They believe Belfort hasn't done enough to earn this title shot, especially considering that Nate Marquardt (29-8-2) and Dan Henderson (25-7) both scored recent K.O. wins against top middleweight contenders-- at UFC's 102 and 100, respectively.

I can understand the logic of that argument, especially since "The Phenom" has technically never fought at 185 lbs. in the UFC. However, from a financial stand-point, Belfort vs. Silva makes a lot of sense: fans have already seen both Marquardt and Henderson getting handled fairly easily by "The Spider", so there wouldn't be very much interest in watching either rematch.

In my opinion, Henderson and Marquardt should fight each other to determine who truly deserves a second title shot. Heck, they should even schedule that fight at UFC 108. Then we'd have round-one of a four-man tournament on our hands.

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