UFC 134 Results: With Okami Defeated, Can We Finally See Anderson Silva vs. GSP?

Mark PareCorrespondent IIAugust 28, 2011

UFC 134 Results: With Okami Defeated, Can We Finally See Anderson Silva vs. GSP?

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    Anderson Silva answered all the critics at UFC 134, as he defeated the only man to own a victory over him in the last six years, Yushin Okami.

    With the win, Silva has virtually ran the middleweight division dry of challengers. 

    Mark Munoz will face Chris Leben in the main event of UFC 136 in what could be a No. 1 contender's bout.  The problem is, Silva has already proven himself to be superior than Leben by laying waste to "The Crippler" in his UFC debut and Munoz is ranked sixth in the Sherdog middleweight rankings.

    Numbers two, three and four are Okami, Chael Sonnen and Nate Marquardt.  Needless to say, when is Silva going to have a competitive fight without having his opponent fail a drug test after?

    The answer isn't in the middleweight division, but in the welterweight division.

    Here are a couple of reasons why Silva's next fight should be against the UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Silva Is Virtually Unstoppable

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    Anderson Silva can't seem to lose. 

    It's not in his blood, he is just that good.  Every obstacle thrown in front of him, he disposes of.  From vicious knockouts to late submissions to long, drawn-out ballets, Silva's UFC career has been about one thing: dominance.

    Silva is 14-0 in the UFC and holds multiple records for his winning streak and title defenses.  On the UFC 134 broadcast, commentators Mike Goldberg and Kenny Florian joked that Silva is actually a machine and that if you open his chest, you'll find wires and metallic circuitry.

    Where else can Silva get challengers but by having GSP move up in weight?

GSP Is Running out of Challengers Too

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    While the welterweight well has not been completely tapped out, Georges St-Pierre is on a different level that almost any fighter in his division.

    It's gotten so bad at 170 pounds that GSP is being challenged by guys in Strikeforce. 

    First, he took out Jake Shields in Toronto.  Shields was carrying a 15-fight winning streak into the Rogers Centre in April and won his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann to earn the title shot.

    Now, GSP faces Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 137.  Diaz had to vacate the Strikeforce welterweight championship to take this fight.

    It could be all for nothing if GSP dominates Diaz on the ground, like he's done to pretty much everybody that the UFC has thrown at him.

    Just like Silva, there are guys like Carlos Condit that are getting closer to a shot at the champion, but how much longer should we have to wait for another superfight?

Fight While Both Are Still in Their Prime

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    If Fedor Emelianenko has taught us anything, it's that one day, you can be the biggest star in MMA and the next, be on a three-fight losing streak and out of the top-10 rankings in the heavyweight division.

    Not everyone can fight at a championship level at 46 like Randy Couture did.

    If given the choice, a 43-year-old Anderson Silva would not last as long in a fight with GSP as a 36-year-old Silva would.  That is just speculation, and if Silva does turn out to be a robot, then who cares when the fight takes place?

    Anyway, we all know Silva is made of flesh and bones and is one of the most dominant fighters in MMA history.

    Remember a few years ago when everyone was wanting a Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko fight to determine the most powerful man in MMA?  Look at both of them now. 

    Lesnar could come back from his illness and be champion again, but it seems Emelianenko's transition to cage fighting, after fighting in rings with PRIDE for so many years, could be a factor in his recent woes.

    Still, the UFC could learn a thing or two from this.  GSP vs. Silva will only be as good as they make it when the fight actually happens and if it's sooner, rather than later, then we are in for a great fight with two men in their prime, determining who the best truly is.

    What do you think?

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