Or… could Matt Hughes fight Silva?

A while back, Matt Hughes farted this out of his mouth:

“If Rich [Franklin] looses then I would move up and fight Anderson [Silva]. I would never fight Rich.”

I wonder if he is still thinking that? Seeing as there is no-one in the middleweight division for Silva to nosh on after he devours Okami’s soul.

I for one would love to see the smartass redneck move up in weight to challenge Silva only to get de-obliterised. And the whole spectacle of an aging legend making a last grab at glory by challenging a man bitten by a nuclear spider in the weightclass above really appeals to me. I would definitely be pumped for that fight.

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Anderson Silva vs. Yushi Okami

Well, it’s bound to be the next fight for Silva.

And this is what happened the first time they met, at Rumble on the Rock!

I’m officially on Yushin Okami’s nuts.

Yushin Okami rules.

GCM D.O.G.

I’ve got a soft spot for Japanese fighters, being in Japan.

The UFC paid all that money and made all the fuss about Nakamura. Nakamura came in, wore a silly outfit with a silly bowl haircut, looked fat, and got punched a lot. Then got busted for pot.

Ryo Chonan looked less fat and more like a piranha, but still lost.

Yushin Okami came in all quiet like, and basically kicked butt. He’s a Japanese fighter who isn’t at a strength disadvantage like many seem to be. He’s calm and calculating in the ring, and lacks that maniacal Japanese kamikaze yamato damashi spirit, which sounds great on paper but ends up with people engaging in striking battles or grappling scrambles they are ultimately doomed to lose. He has the skills, the strength and the composure to be a threat to almost anyone, and he improves with each fight.

He basically pw0zned1 (I just made that up) Evan Tanner at UFC 82, and knocked him out with a sweeeeet knee. He almost beat Richard Frankleton last year. I can’t help but feel if someone from his corner had yelled some kind of reminder that this was an important fight and that he should probably wake up and do something about it, he would have won.

I’d like to see Okami fight one more reasonable fighter to sharpen his finishing skills before he tackles our new Spider Overlord, but alas, I don’t think he will.

Look for Okami to fight Silva in the next few months and I think it will be closer than some people, um, think.