Umm No. However, Juniper Roth thinks so, and his list of challengers is full of the usual suspects: Demian Maia, Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, and Michael Bisping. I've already laid on the groundwork on why he shouldn't be fighting these guys here. Here's his thoughts on Demian Maia:
This man is said to make many black belts in Jiu-Jitsu feel like nothing more than a blue belt if that. Frank Mir has been one to confess that he thought he was actually good until he rolled with Maia. This is one of the reason’s the dangerous Brazilian is Mir’s head Jiu-Jitsu coach for his upcoming fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 100. Maia has expressed his excellent mastering of his skills in his 8 submission wins out of his 10 wins.I am confident he will bring his A game if he get’s to fight Silva next, one of the main reasons I am confident in his ability is because he is now fighting with the Wand Fight Team which is lead by none other than former Pride-FC middleweight champ Wanderlei Silva. Who knows if he will be next, but if I was in the shoes of Matchmaker I know who would be first in line.
I guess he wants to see an encore of the main event of UFC 97, because that's exactly how that fight would go in my opinion. Also, what does Maia training with Wandy Fight Team have to do anything? It's not like Maia would stand and strike with Silva. Also, if he did try to do so after training with Wandy he would get KTFO. I love Wandy, but he's having his own problems in terms of trying to correct the flaws in his striking technique.
Roth on Yushin Okami:
Okami is a fighter known for great wrestling ability, a good chin, and solid stand up. Many people have complained that he has too many decision wins, well I beg to differ seeing that 8 of is 23 wins have come by (T)KO, and 4 by Submission. What that shows me is that he can be dangerous where ever the fight goes and isn’t a one trick pony.
Well, when you have 8 fights within a promotion and you've gone the distance in 6 of them? Plus, the two guys you stopped was a guy(Evan Tanner) that had been away from the sport for over a year, and the other(Kalib Starnes) was under .500 in his career in the UFC. I think it's pretty fair to say he has too many decision wins. Plus, Okami hasn't really beaten any top tier fighters since joining the UFC.
With the amount of money Zuffa is paying Anderson Silva, he needs to fight at LHW. Silva has 4 fights remaining on his UFC contract. I know he'll never fight Lyoto Machida(if Machida beats Evans), but there are 4 fights for him at LHW without facing Machida. That's the only place where he can face the real reality of losing, and/or be in exciting fights. The latter is imperative if he's going to headline or at least co-headline PPV events from here on out.