With 4 fights down, we have our first 4 challengers that will be advancing to the quarter finals, with no surprises. All 4 of the fighters that have won so far are ranked either #1 or #2 in their respective promotions.
The most recent fight, Brock Lesnar wins over Andrei Arlovski (65% of the votes) by way of KO/TKO.
The revised brackets are as follows:
(the Numbers in front of the name are the promotional rankings, and the number in the parenthesis are the USA TODAY / SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings)
- UFC #1 Cain Velasquez (#1) vs.
Strikeforce #8 Sergei Kharitonov (#30)
- Strikeforce #4 Antonio Silva(#14) vs. UFC #5 Frank Mir (#7)
- Strikeforce #2 Fabricio Werdum(#4) vs.
UFC #7 Brendan Schaub (#13)
- UFC #3 Junior Dos Santos (#5) vs. Strikeforce #6 Brett Rogers (#12)
- Strikeforce #1 Fedor Emelianenko(#3) vs.
UFC #8 Roy Nelson (#14)
- UFC # 4 Shane Carwin(#6) vs. Strikeforce #5 Josh Barnett (#11)
- UFC #2 Brock Lesnar(#2) vs.
Strikeforce #7 Andrei Arlovski (#16)
- Strikeforce #3 Alistair Overeem(#8) vs. UFC # 6 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (#9)
What I will do (if anyone has read this far along) I put up a new poll every couple of day, until we have the official #1 Heavyweight crowned.
Time for the voting
Strikeforce #4 Antonio Silva (14) vs UFC #5 Frank Mir (#7)
***This fight is unique in the fact that Mir is ranked worse in his promotion than Silva is, yet in the overall rankings, he is ranked 7 spots better. This is the only fight in the tournament where the better ranked fighter is in a worse promotional ranking then his opponent.***
Pro's for Silva:
- Size. Coming in at a very large 6'4 265lbs, Silva is going to be one of the biggest fighters in the tournament along with Rogers, Lesnar and Carwin. As of late, Mir has really struggled against fighters who can either hold him down, or push him against the cage and bully him around. If Silva can cancel out Mir's grappling ability, he could possibly be able to grind out a decision win from staying active on top and working some ground and pound.
- Stand-up. I might be reaching here, but in his fight against Arlovski, a very good striker, Bigfoot dominated. I don't know if that is more about Silva improving or Alrovski declining, but either way it was impressive. And seeing as how Frank Mir fancies himself as a kick-boxer, Silva has the size and range to stand at a distance and let Mir eat jabs and counters all fight long.
Pro's for Mir:
- Experience. Bigfoot Silva's biggest fight to date was against a fading Arlovski. He looked overwhelmed against a LHW Mike Kyle, and lost his other big fight to Werdum. Mir on the other hand has fought some of the best in the world (Lesnar, Big Nog, Carwin, Cro Cop, Sylvia, Dan Quinn) and while he lost to some, he's been in many wars and come out the victor more often then not. Mir will know what it takes to get a win.
- Grappling. Whether or not it will make a difference in this fight, we don't know. But we do know that Mir has some of the best BJJ in the heavyweight division. And while Bigfoot has black belt in BJJ as well, he has only submitted 2 opponents in his entire career. That leads me to believe that Mir will have the advantage if he were to take the fight to the ground. Will he be able to submit the Brazilian? Who knows... but I'm sure Mir will feel comfortable with the fight on the ground.
Time to vote for the 5th fight of the first round. Will it be the former UFC Champ or the former EliteXC Champ?