The pending rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen has become the most intriguing fight of the Brazilian's reign as 185-pound king. However, when the bout comes to pass, a new top middleweight contender will need to be determined.
Surprisingly, in a division that has been dominated by one champion for such a long period of time, a new batch of contenders are beginning to emerge. With Silva nearing retirement, one of these potential title challengers could be the heir to the Brazilian's throne.
Let's take a look at some of the fighters most likely to meet the winner of the upcoming title fight between Silva and Sonnen.