UFC 122 is in the books and wandering eyes are looking forward to the much fatter UFC 123 this weekend. But let's take a moment to pause and consider what Yushin Okami's win over Nate Marquardt in the main event does to the middleweight picture.

If I were a cynic, this article would be very short. In fact, it would be one word:


Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has been that good—he's absolutely cleaned out the division and done so in soul-crushing fashion. The 185-pound kingpin has either played with his prey like a jungle cat or sent it off to the Land of Nod with merciless precision.

Few rational observers give Thunder, who's now next in line for a title shot, much of a shot against the Spider should he stop or survive Vitor Belfort.

But, for the sake of routine, let's see how the division looks the day after...

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