Silva vs Sonnen II, Big Changes in the UFC's Middleweight Division?

Cody SlovenskyContributor IIOctober 9, 2011

Next UFC Middleweight Champion?
Next UFC Middleweight Champion?

"Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck. Super Bowl weekend, the biggest rematch in the history of the business," he said. "I'm calling you out Silva, but we're upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC forever."

After UFC 136, Chael Sonnen made a bold statement. No one was truly surprised that he addressed Anderson Silva, but the stipulations really caught many fan's attention.

At the UFC 136 Post-Fight Press Conference, Dana White said, " He says so much shit he can't keep track of it." 

Chael says many things, but everything he said before the first fight with Anderson Silva, he backed up, except for walking out with the Championship belt. 

At the press conference, Chael Said, "If he would've said to me what I said to him, I would've climbed into the cage and shoved the microphone up his ass." 

It is quite obvious that Sonnen is trying to get under the skin of Silva very early, the big question is: can Sonnen truly back up his words this time, and not only beat up Silva, but take the belt from him?

Sonnen is the only fighter that has ever truly brought the fight to Anderson. He was very successful in playing to his strengths in the first fight. On the feet, for the first three rounds, Chael got the better of Anderson, even rocking him in the first round. In the fourth round, Anderson attempted to open up with his strikes, but as he tried, he was taken back down. In the fifth, we all saw what happened, and Silva perfectly executed a triangle choke to keep his title.

Many claim that Anderson was lucky, but if you re-watch that Triangle in slow motion, you will see that, not only did he perfectly execute the move, but he had also timed him just right, based on Chael's movements from previous rounds. 

To call a winner for this fight right now, is too early. One thing is for sure, this will be the first fight for Anderson where he is not a huge favorite. 

Anderson Silva could end up going to Light Heavyweight, or Chael Sonnen could walk away for good. If you ask Chael what he thinks will happen, this is what he will say, "This is gonna be a one sided pounding, and I'm swinging the hammer."