Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Wrong Reasons

Apr 22, 2009
Coming off an underwhelming October bout with Patrick Cote, the world expected a contrite Anderson Silva to put on a vintage performance against Thales Leites. Unfortunately, Silva's latest outing was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Ultimately, Silva added another top-10 scalp to his résumé, but the uninspiring 25-minute main event has soured fans and pundits alike on "The Spider," whose destructive path to middleweight glory now seems like ages ago.

However, UFC 97 in Montreal was not all bad for Brazilians, as two of the nation’s top 205-pounders made serious statements.

Hot prospect Luis Arthur Cane took on his toughest task to date in former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Steve Cantwell and handled himself like a veteran, as he earned a scrappy decision and access to the division’s more notable fighters. Meanwhile, the division's former king, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, signaled his return to prominence at 205 pounds, as he took a sterling first-round stoppage over Chuck Liddell.

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