Fight Destiny – The UFC 134 Edition Corey Adams August 30, 2011 News Following every UFC and Strikeforce event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on UFC 134, which took place on Aug. 27 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre Silva absolutely dismantled Yushin Okami at UFC 134 by earning a TKO in round two. The reigning middleweight champion was able to use his explosive striking to put down Okami and ended the bout with ground-and-pound from the top. “The Spider” has defeated every opponent put in his way since winning the belt in 2006. In the UFC middleweight division, there are no worthy opponents left for Silva. A superfight seems likely for the Brazilian next. Now is the time to make the long-awaited Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva history-making fight. Fans have been begging for this fight for quite some time, and rightfully so. St-Pierre has been just as dominant as Silva in the UFC, winning nine straight fights while defending his welterweight belt six times. GSP is set to face Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in October. Whether St-Pierre wins or loses in that fight, he should face Silva next. It would be a different weight cut for the French-Canadian to make 185 pounds, but he is capable of doing it. Fans, look for “The Spider” and GSP to go to war in early 2012. Yushin Okami vs. Demian Maia/Jorge Santiago winner After letting his title shot slip through his hands, Okami will now have to regroup and work his way back to the top. A possible match-up for the Japanese superstar is the winner of Maia and Santiago, who face off at UFC 136. This would give Okami some time off to rejuvenate himself. With a win over either Maia or Santiago, he would move back near the top of the division. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Phil Davis “Shogun” avenged his loss to Forrest Griffin on Saturday by putting him away in just the first round. The former light heavyweight champion is climbing his way back up the ranks with his eyes on current champ Jon Jones. Rua is not in a position for a title shot just yet, however, as Rashad Evans has earned his shot at the belt and will face the winner of Jones and “Rampage” Jackson. The only match-up that makes since for the Brazilian is a fight with undefeated Phil Davis. Davis was expected to take on Evans at UFC 133, but was forced off the card due to injury. Davis has proved the kind of potential he has in the UFC by using his collegiate wrestling ability to win five fights in the promotion. It would be a winnable fight for Shogun and will be the favorite, but Davis has played the role of the underdog before and could possibily shock the world. Forrest Griffin vs. Jon Jones/Rampage Jackson loser TUF 1 winner Griffin went down in Rio, with Rua earning a TKO victory over him. The Georgia native will not drop far in the rankings though and will still take on guys at the top of the division. A likely bout for Griffin is the loser of the light heavyweight title fight between Jones and Jackson at UFC 135. The promotion will not allow Griffin to fall to the undercard at an event, as he is the golden boy in the UFC. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir Nogueira made a huge statement in his home country of Brazil by earning a Knockout of the Night victory over Brendan Schaub. “Big Nog” is now in line to make a title run, which he has done so many times in his career. One possible match-up for Nogueira is a rematch with Frank Mir. The two met back in Dec. 2008 at UFC 92 for the interim heavyweight championship, in which Nogueria was defeated by second-round TKO. With the two legends growing in age, if a rematch is going to be made, it needs to happen soon. This would be a fight “Big Nog” could specifically ask for to avenge his loss to Mir. It would also be a fight fans would pay to see, as both men are recognizable to most UFC fans. Brendan Schaub vs. Pat Barry/Stefan Struve winner Schaub had a run going by defeating legend after legend in the sport, with wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop. However, he was not able to put away another, as he fell victim to a Nogueira knockout. At only 28 years old, Schaub has many more fights left in him, but needs to now slowly progress into a top contender as a heavyweight. Instead of the UFC throwing him into the Octagon against a well-known legend, he should take on someone in the mid-tier of the division. Two guys that come to mind are Pat Barry and Stefan Struve, who are expected to do battle on Oct. 1. This would make for an explosive fight as Barry and Struve love to strike, just as Schaub does. Edson Barboza vs. Cole Miller After his decision win over Ross Pearson, the undefeated Brazilian is now ready to take on even better fighters in the lightweight division. One guy that would give Barboza a challenge is Miller, who is 7-3 in the UFC. He is coming off a win on Aug. 14, which sets the timetable up perfectly. It would certainly be a fast-paced bout with both men having similar styles. Barboza is a purple belt in BJJ, but it was his lightning-quick striking ability that earned him the win over Pearson. Miller trains out of American Top Team, one of the premier training camps in the world, where he has earned a brown belt in BJJ. He doesn’t normally go for the knockout, but does have solid standup skills. Stanislav Nedkov vs. Ronny Markes Nedkov made his UFC debut on Saturday by surprising many people by earning a TKO win over Luiz Cane. He now puts himself in a position where if he adds another win to his record, it could propel him up the rankings. An opponent likely for the Bulgarian is Ronny Markes, who is coming off an Aug. 14 win in his UFC debut against Karlos Vemola. A Nova Uniao product, Markes is decorated in BJJ competition, but also brings to the Octagon a background in Muay Thai and wrestling. At 12-1 with five wins by TKO/KO and four via submission, Markes is a solid prospect with the ability to finish fights both standing and on the mat. That gives Nedkov an opportunity to show his skills to the world.