UFC 134 will feature the main event of middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami, but many believe that a rematch between Silva and Okami’s teammate, Chael Sonnen, might actually be a better fight.
Silva currently sits as a gigantic -625 favorite for his fight this weekend against Okami, and there appears to be little belief among experts that the Japanese fighter will be able to hang with Silva. who is competing his home country of Brazil.
This sentiment is understandable considering Silva’s dominance since becoming the champion back in October 2006. “The Spider” has eaten the division alive, even forcing other fighters like Rich Franklin and Nate Marquardt out of the division entirely.
Only one opponent who has fought Silva in the UFC has really given him a true run for his money, and that opponent was the loud-mouthed American, Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen looked so good in their UFC 117 fight, in fact, that just about everyone watching was talking as if it was a foregone conclusion that Sonnen was going to be the new champion going into the fifth and final round.
But like a true champion, Silva battled back and earned himself a surprise submission victory in the final round to stay champion.
Still, it’s hard not to think about what would happen if these two warriors went to battle again. Would Sonnen be able to finish off the Brazilian this time, or would a rededicated Silva do what he has done against so many other opponents and completely destroy the “Gangster from Oregon"?
It’s an interesting thing to think about, and here are 10 reasons that the rematch needs to happen.