February's Key Fights
- Chael Sonnen vs. Nate Marquardt
Sonnen proved that no one should underestimate his wrestling any more with another anguish-inducing victory over one of the top middleweights in Marquardt.
With the win, he has been named the No. 1 contender and will face the winner between Anderson Silva and Demian Maia. With one he could try and avenge a previous loss, and with the other he could bring the dominant wrestling ability that Silva has yet to face.
- Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller
Maia rebounded from a tough loss with his sticky-glue jiu jitsu and improved striking, earning a unanimous decision over Miller.
With Vitor Belfort pulling out of the title fight against Silva, the UFC were in need of a contender with Sonnen coming off of a bruiser of a fight. Maia seized the opportunity and hopes to shock the world this April.
-Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping
The talk led to mutual respect after a very close fight that puts truth to the statement of, "I don't envy the judges right now."
Silva earned the nod with a safe and efficient attack combined with his sudden barrage of punches at the end of each round, as well as a tight guillotine choke at the end of the second.
The Brazilian looks to fight Japanese sensation Yoshihiro Akiyama in his next bout. This fight was originally the co-main event for UFC 110 before the company swapped out Akiyama with Bisping for higher sales.
March's Key Fights
-Yushin Okami vs. Lucio Linhares
Okami looks to bounce back from his one-sided loss to the division's No. 1 contender in Sonnen. Once touted as one of the division's premier fighters, Okami will come in hungrier than ever.
-Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal
The winner of this fight will likely find their way into the top ten, especially if they should win in dramatic fashion. Expect both hungry fighters to give it their all for a crack at stiffer competition.
-Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera
A former No. 1 contender, Quarry will look to break back into the top ten against a resurrected Rivera. However, Rivera's experience could be enough to shake up the already-shaky division.
Noteworthy- Rousimar Palhares (10-2)
10- Yushin Okami (23-5)
9- Patrick Cote (13-5)
8- Alan Belcher (15-6)
7- Michael Bisping (18-3)
6- Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1-1)
5- Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1)
4- Nate Marquardt (29-9-2)
3- Vitor Belfort (19-8)
2- Demian Maia (11-1)
1- Chael Sonnen (25-10-1)
Champion- Anderson Silva (25-4)