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UFC 134: What This Fight Means for Anderson Silva

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:  Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Forrest Griffin during their light heavyweight bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08: Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Forrest Griffin during their light heavyweight bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Kevin FafinskiContributor IAugust 27, 2011

Anderson "The Spider" Silva is arguably one of the best fighters to ever grace us with his presence. The man has literally swept through the middleweight division since his debut against Chris Leben.

Lately however, Silva has not been living up to his expectations. His fights have not been very exciting and he almost lost to Chael Sonnen. This is not the Silva we all know and love. This fight is critical because he needs to send a message to the fans and to the UFC that he is still the same fighter he used to be.

He must show all the doubters that nothing has changed and that he can still make any fighter scared to step in the octagon with him. What better fighter to do this to than Yushin Okami? This could do wonders for the career of Anderson Silva.

While many may doubt Silva, it is important to see that he is the champion for a reason. He is winning all of his fights; just not in the fashion everyone wants them to be. The UFC has had more decisions recently than ever before, Fans are becoming angry, and so it is very important that Silva gives the fans what they want to see.

I think that this fight means a lot to Silva. Although he may still be the champion, he is not performing at the level he should be, and so this fight is absolutely crucial.

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