Disclaimer: This is NOT a list of fighters who I believe "deserve" a shot more than Chael Sonnen. This is merely a list of possible matchups that would deliver fireworks.
On the heels of UFC 112, Anderson Silva has been under the spotlight.
Some people want to see him lose, some want to see him merely tested, some just want an entertaining fight.
But the bottom line is, everybody wants to see Anderson back in the octagon doing what he does best.
What is that, you may ask?
Well, if you want an idea, go back to UFC 101 and watch him make Forrest Griffin look silly.
It takes two to tango though, and as shown in the Thales Leites fight at UFC 97 and, more recently against Damian Maia at UFC 112, giving Silva fights against guys who don't have much of a stand-up game doesn't make for entertaining fights.
I'm not going to delve into the mindset of Anderson Silva, but what I will do is explore some match-ups that would surely be more interesting than watching Chael Sonnen challenge for Anderson's title.
Don't get me wrong, Sonnen is an impressive wrestler, but can you really see this fight being an "entertaining" stand-up affair?
Sonnen will shoot for the take-down whenever he can and is unlikely to engage in a stand-up war with Silva.
Whilst I'm happy to watch wrestlers work, it's blatantly obvious that some of the meatheads who attend UFC events don't.
Here are some possibilities that may be more "entertaining" (some of these match-ups aren't currently possible, but could be down the line.)