Four questions to ponder after UFC 134

Did the real Shogun Rua show up at UFC 134?

Going into UFC 134 I wrote that there were six huge questions that would hopefully be answered once the battles took place in Brazil this past weekend. We got answers to those questions, but now we have a new set of questions as a result of what happened at the event. Check it:

There’s only one more fight left for Silva in the middleweight division and that’s a re-match with Chael Sonnen. I know that Silva has already beaten him, but Sonnen pretty much dominated Silva prior to getting submitted. Of course Sonnen has to get past Brian Stann in his next outing before he can re-match Silva, but it’s a big money fight as Sonnen would do a great job in promoting and folk want to see if the first time was a fluke or not. If Stann is able to get past Sonnen, then there’s an angle to promote a fight with Anderson Silva. However, I don’t see Stann offering any sort of realistic threat in defeating Anderson Silva should they fight. Should Silva move back up to light heavyweight?

Rua just ran through Forrest Griffin like castor oil does senior citizens, but it seemed to be a Shogun that was different than the one that fought Jon Jones back at UFC 128 earlier this year. Or could it be that Forrest Griffin checked out of the fight mentally due to his wife being in labor and he already had one win over Rua in the past? Rua’s back in the mix in regards to getting a title shot and the rumor mill is spinning that he could possibly face Dan Henderson on the FOX show in November. Does that fight interest you  and/or would you be interested in seeing a re-match between Jones and Rua?

You know, I have to say that Schaub wasn’t really a contender to begin with. I’m not saying that because he lost to Nogueira, but for the simply fact that he hadn’t beaten anyone close to top ten status and has had difficulty against aging fighters. There’s no question the guy is talented with good power and solid striking skills, but all the talk of getting a title shot before this Nogueira fight had me raising my eyebrow. As I mentioned yesterday, I thought Nogueira did a good job of pressuring Schaub(he had Schaub backing up the entire fight) and Nogueira has always had solid boxing. Basically the question going into the fight was could Nogueira take a big bomb from Schaub and not get knocked out. Nogueira ate a couple of stiff punches from Schaub and survived so it’ll be interesting to see how Schaub responds from the loss.

  • Can Edson Barboza become a contender in the UFC lightweight division?

I kind of asked this question in the pre-fight piece, but after seeing him fight Ross Pearson I have to say I like what I saw. Again, that fight could have gone to either fighter as it was razor close. Barboza appears to have great takedown defense and if he can force guys to fight standing up he’ll be a handful for any lightweight out there. He needs to work on being more aggressive offensively and he may want to improve his cardio just a tad. Also, Pearson’s stock went up in my opinion even in the loss.

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