Would a Sonnen Victory Over Silva be the Sweetest Win of the Summer?

Brandon HinchmanCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2010

There are many upcoming fights that hold the attention of MMA fans around the world; but out of those, a few emerge carrying more emotion than normal.

There's Randy Couture vs. James Toney, Roy Nelson vs. Junior Dos Santos, Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn two, and then there's Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen.

Silva is the champ who has gone undefeated in the Octagon. For his past few fights, he has decided to showboat a bit, especially against Demian Maia.

Now, though, Sonnen is doing the showboating despite not having met Silva in the Octagon.

Sonnen is a talented wrestler, and though he has a knack for being the dark horse that escapes with the victory, he's getting ready to fight the most dominant man the Octagon has ever seen; of course, he has yet to fight Georges St-Pierre, but that's a whole other matter.

After Silva's fight against Maia, the world seemed set on seeing Silva get a payback.

He practically ruined the entire fight card, and after giving vague apologies and contradictory reactions, Silva was seen as a bully by many who had revered him.

Being that Sonnen has been anything but shy about letting the world know of his opinion regarding Silva.

It seemed that Sonnen was the chosen one to give Silva a beating, but now that Sonnen's comments have riled up Silva's fans, there might be a split down the middle as far as who wants whom to win.

Nevertheless, the emotion of this fight is at an all-time high, and being just over a week away, it's difficult to get an actual climate of how many people feel one way or the other.

Immediately after the Maia performance, Silva was detested by many including UFC President Dana White. Now with Sonnen's antics, many consider him to be too out-of-character.

Though after his latest performance, Silva has really cemented his fans into three divisions: those who will always remain loyal, those who liked him before his performance against Maia but grew disdain for him afterwards, and those that didn't like Silva to begin with and now hate him.

Are people believing Sonnen's hype?

Probably not.

Being that everyone recalls how Silva treated Maia and consequently UFC fans that ordered the UFC 112 card, it seems that the mood would be good if Silva lost to Sonnen.

So the question is, after Shogun beat Machida in devastating fashion, after Fedor haters relished The Last Emperor tapping to Werdum, seeing Rashad Evans bust Rampage over three rounds for the win. and witnessing Lesnar outlast Carwin and take a come-from-behind victory, would a Sonnen victory over Silva be the sweetest?

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