Anderson Silva(1) vs Yushin Okami(2) for the title
Chael Sonnen(3) vs Brian Stann(4) for the next shot
What I feel makes this division so special is the 5th to 14th ranked fighters are basically set up to face each other in title eliminators.
Mark Munoz(5) vs Chris Leben (10)
Michael Bisping(6) vs Jason Miller (11)
Demian Maia(7) vs Jorge Santiago (12)
Vitor Belfort(8) vs Yoshiro Akiyama (13)
Rousimar Palhares(9) vs Dan Miller (14)
When the dust clears either Bisping or Munoz will be selected to fight the champion or they will fight each for the title shot or both will happen and the four winners will face off. So lets say Bisping wins his fight and then Munoz faces Belfort and Maia faces Palhares and the winner of both fights fights for the number one contender shot.
But what really impresses me and what I have to take my hat off to is the third tier of MW's. The guys who for some reason aren't ranked, either because of
injury/Weight Cut (Belcher, Lawlor) Weight cut (Boetsch, Hallman)
loses (Dollaway, Yang, Rivera)
prospects area (Weidman, McGee, Ring, Noke, Catone, Tavares).
Veterns (Macdonald, Simpson, Sakara, Herman, Creduer)
Alan Belchervs vs Jason Macdonald - a guy coming off injury facing a seasoned vetern.
Chris Weidman vs Tom Lawlor - a hot prospect facing a vet sitting right outside of the rankings.
Jorge Rivera vs Alessio Sakara - two vet's one coming off a controversial co main event the other fighting for his job.
Court McGee vs Dongi Yang - a guy on a hot streak facing a top prospect.
Nick Ring vs Tim Boetsch - another guy on a hot streak facing a reinvigorated LHW who dropped down and looked very impressive.
Kyle Noke vs Ed Herman - a man on a comeback facing another guy on a long win streak
Nick Catone vs Aaron Simpson - two guys with identical records one a prospect the other a vet.
CB Dollaway vs Jared Hamman - two huge guys one a newcomer to the division the other an up and comer.
Tim Creduer vs Brad Tavares - one prospect fighting for his spot in the UFC the other a vet hoping to prove he has a chin.
Nick Ring - 12 fight win streak
Court McGee - 7 fight win streak
Chris Weidman - 6 fight win streak
Kyle Noke - 5 fight win streak
I mean I am seriously impressed with how spread out yet logical this prelim area of fighters are. You can really see four or five of these guys moving up in the rankings with one or two wins and then into title contention with three or four. I don't think any other division in the UFC is run with as much logic and is well set up from the title fights to the ranked contenders to the prelim fighters at the moment. And I can't find one of those fights where you can say oh there's a ridiculous mismatch or an easy call.
2 Questions then... When exactly does Munoz expect to fight for a belt then? It could be a long time. Why do you think a win over Brian Stann warrants an rematch with Silva. I think it warrents a Bisbing or Leben fight but not a title rematch.
Stann/Sonnen is a title eliminator fight, pretty much the only one. After that Munoz and Bisping are in the running for the next shot, they may not have to face each other, maybe one of the top four, maybe if Maia or Paul Harris wins their next fight.