An 8 Man Tournament for the UFC Middleweight Championship

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An 8 Man Tournament for the UFC Middleweight Championship

In an article I wrote yesterday, I discussed the possibility of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vacating his championship and making the move to the light heavyweight division full time.

Silva’s longtime training partner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira reported that Silva would defend his title against Yushin Okami at UFC: Rio in August, and if he was successful, he would begin fighting at 205lbs.

If this scenario does play out and Silva makes the jump, the UFC would either determine the top two contenders for the middleweight championship and have them fight for the title, or they could host a middleweight tournament between a group of fighters and spread it out over the course of a few months.

Dana White has gone on record and said he isn’t a big fan of tournament style fighting, but when it comes to a title maybe he could be convinced it would be worth the time and the money to stage such an event.

My idea would be to gather the top eight middleweight fighters and have them fight over the course of three events. The first show would have four bouts, then three months later the second show would take place with two semi-final bouts. This would all lead up to the finals taking place three months after that in which the two remaining fighters would battle it out for the right to be the new UFC Middleweight Champion.

My eight participants would be as follows:

Chael Sonnen

Vitor Belfort

Michael Bisping

Nate Marquardt

Mark Munoz

Wanderlei Silva

Alan Belcher

Brian Stann

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