Landscape of the Heavyweight Division
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UFC 226 is now old news. It’s done. Due to the falling out of the 145 title fight, the main and co-main were Heavyweight clashes, one for the title and the other a likely #1 contender fight. Then you had one of the most boring fights ever, a double champ, and Brock Lesnar. With all of this shaking up, it’s appropriate to see where the division stands now, at least for the immediate future.
Champion: Daniel Cormier
The new #ChampChamp is here and he is spectacular. Daniel Cormier made his Heavyweight return and stunned the world by knocking out the longest reigning Heavyweight champion in UFC history, Stipe Miocic, clean out. Oh, and he did it in one round. Really incredible stuff. While the Untitled staff doesn’t agree where this puts him in the GOAT argument, we do agree he is now firmly in the discussion. Everyone is chasing you now, DC, enjoy it.
#1 Stipe Miocic
The aforementioned longest reigning Heavyweight champion, Miocic said after the fight that he is hungrier than ever to cement his legacy as the best Heavyweight ever. With that being said, he likely has to win at least one fight before getting another crack at the belt, as he got decisively finished in one round. Look for the Ohio native to bounce back stronger than ever next time out. Possible opponents: Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis, Alexander Volkov.
#2 Derrick Lewis
When I saw Lewis jumped 3 spots up to the #2 spot in the updated rankings, I was shocked. After a performance he had at UFC 226, in which he landed 22 total strikes, he should not have moved up much, if at all. Regardless, he is there, so let’s discuss. He apologized for the performance and said he had a back injury coming into the fight, so assuming it isn’t a major injury, we should see him in the octagon relatively soon. He’s generally a fan favorite, certainly one of ours, and he is still likely one decisive victory away from being the #1 contender. Possible opponents: Stipe Miocic, Curtis Blaydes, Alexander Volkov.
#3 Curtis Blaydes
This is a shame. Blaydes should not have gotten moved down a spot by Lewis based off the performance, but that is the world we live in. He is likely a finish AND good callout away from a shot, and seeing as how he doesn’t want to be “that guy” who talks trash, it could be two fights away from the young Blaydes. If he comes to his senses and realizes he is there to entertain and sell tickets along with being the baddest dude on the planet and develops some mic skills, success and more dollars will come his way. Possible opponents: Stipe Miocic, Derrick Lewis, Alexander Volkov.
#4 Francis Ngannou
If you noticed, I left Ngannou off of the prior 3 fighter’s posible opponents. I wholeheartedly believe, even if he is My African father, Ngannou is a MINIMUM of 2 fights away from a title shots, and that’s if he gets his mind right. He looked frightened in the cage, scared to throw his heavy heavy hands. If he goes out and smashes his next opponent, all is good and then put him in a #1 contender fight. If not, you have a HUGE problem if you’re the UFC, as Ngannou is easy to market with his highlights and is a scary individual to look at, in a freak athlete way of course. In my opinion, though, he needs to take a step down in competition and show where his head is at. Possible opponents: Mark Hunt, Marcin Tybura, Stefan Struve.
The Real #1 Contender: Brock Lesnar
After the supposed #1 contender fight was a complete dud, enter Lesnar to inject life in the division. You have a new champion who did excellent in cutting a promo to bring in Brock. You have Brock who, with the artful use of profanity, got me and many others jumping for joy. Pair those things with some shoving and separation, and you made the UFC lots and lots of $$$$$$$$. He definitely doesn’t deserve this, but it’s MMA, it’s Brock Lesnar, and it’s 2018 so nothing makes sense anyways.
Next title fight: DC vs Brock
When: TBD mostly by DC. No 205 defense, then likely January so you can get Brock back out of USADA ASAP to avoid him peeing some horse tranquilizers or something.
Watchabilility: 1,000,000/10. It’s the fight to book right now. Listen to me Dana, WME, Sean Shelby, all of you handsome individuals. The MMA world needs this.