UFC: Wanderlei Silva moving to light heavyweight is a terrible idea

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Why, Wanderlei? Why?!

Everyone’s favorite mixed martial artist, Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva, recently announced his plans to return to action in 2013 and compete in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

Let’s get one thing out of the way early: Chael Sonnen is a grade-A nutjob, but he speaks the truth to a degree. Sure, his mouth gets out of control and breaks its leash from time to time (OK, all the time), but when he talks about Wanderlei Silva, he is pretty accurate.

Silva is past his prime. He is old, and he is not a contender in any division at this stage in his career.

Frankly, Silva has not been a contender since coming into the UFC in December 2007.

Since his debut loss to Chuck Liddell, “The Axe Murderer” is an abysmal 3-4 inside the Octagon, and his wins have been over Keith Jardine (a perfect matchup for him), Michael Bisping (in a hotly contested decision) and Cung Le (we knew somebody was going down).

He has been brutally knocked out in two of his losses, and he has been dropped and stunned in his wins. Put plainly, our pal Wandy just can’t take a punch anymore.

Moving to light heavyweight is going to exaggerate this problem, and I fear for Silva’s safety against the top 205-pounders of today.

Vitor Belfort makes sense for a first fight at light heavyweight, but that is a terrible, terrible matchup for Wandy. Vitor is fast, he is strong and he will undoubtedly leave Silva face down on the canvas inside the first round.

Look, guys don’t hit less hard as they get bigger and heavier. That’s just physics. Wanderlei’s chin is awful at middleweight, and it will be exposed even worse at light heavyweight.

Unfortunately for him, he will never realize this, and he will not care. Silva just wants to brawl, and he wants to put on good fights for his fans and supporters.

God bless him for that, but this mentality is just not the game he needs to be playing at this stage in his career. Sure it’s fun for us, but is it worth it?

His mental health is on life support as it is at middleweight, and moving up to light heavyweight will be like removing the feeding tube.

Wandy, we love you, and we always will, but understand what you’re doing and take your health into consideration.

Nobody wants to see you get hurt.

UFC 154 Results: Give Johny Hendricks the title shot, stat!

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How ridiculous is Johny Hendricks’ left hand?

In predicting fights at UFC 154, I thought Martin Kampmann would be able to absorb some blows from Hendricks, tire him out and eventually surge back for a submission victory.

Wrong. Wrong. 

What I failed to realize is that Johny Hendricks’ left hand is not an ordinary hand. It is a thing of destructive perfection, crafted from one-part Thor’s hammer, one-part noisy cricket and one-part Kim Kardashian’s vajay.

That combination, my friends, will take out anybody, and even Kampmann’s storied chin could not withstand the punishment.

With one punch (technically two if you count the follow-up for good measure), Hendricks solidified his status as the UFC welterweight division’s No. 1 contender, and the UFC brass needs to reward the man immediately.

The punch was awesome, sure, but I’m not basing this decision solely on one devastating blow. Look at Hendricks’ last five fights: T.J. Waldburger (meh), Mike Pierce (always tough, brings out the worst in his opponents somehow), Jon Fitch (top-10), Josh Koscheck (top-10) and Martin Kampmann (top-5).

That is the gauntlet Hendricks just traversed, and you’re going to try to say his next fight isn’t  for a title? You want him to face Condit or Diaz instead?

Get out of here.

GSP-Hendricks is is the fight that needs to happen.

Forget GSP vs. Anderson Silva, forget GSP vs. Nick Diaz and forget anything that does not involve Hendricks’ beard against the Canadian sensation.

Let us not sink into a world where a man’s Twitter following matters more than his body of work and let us not stumble into a pit of mismatched superfights. Keep with the natural order of the division and reward the best challenger right now.

That is Hendricks. There is no debate. He took out top-10 guys in three consecutive fights, and his power is second to none in the division. Add in his Division I wrestling background and strong base, and by-golly GSP might just find himself in a good ole-fashioned fist fight, eh?

The UFC needs to make this fight happen, and that is the end of the story. Hendricks earned it, now give the man his due.