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Who would win these MMA fights?
What will 2014 bring in MMA? Brett Okamoto has 10 fights he wants to see. Now, these showdowns aren't certain to go down. But what would happen if they did?
If you don't want to watch the replays -- and trust us, unless you have a strong stomach, you really should stay away -- we'll sum it up for you: Anderson Silva's attempt at kicking Chris Weidman's leg ended in about the worst way possible. Weidman retained his belt, but the real story here is if Silva can make a comeback from his gruesome injury. That kind of injury isn't necessarily a career-ender, but it'd be a difficult thing to recover from even for a young man. Silva looked like he was evenly matched against Weidman before the injury, but at 38, his stellar career might have been on the downswing anyway.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
Anderson Silva's heart didn't seem to be in his past few fights, but he might feel he still has something to prove after a second loss to Chris Weidman.Ed Mulholland for ESPN.com
Coming soon: UFC on Fox 9
UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis might not be on the card -- he was originally scheduled to take on challenger TJ Grant; injuries knocked both out of the event -- but UFC on Fox 9 still boasts a title fight as its headliner. That would be for the flyweight crown, currently held by Demetrious Johnson. The man he beat to earn it? Joseph Benavidez, who just so happens to be Johnson's opponent this week. Will Benavidez get revenge? How will the other fights be decided?