The champions only have to protect their titles not gain them, Anderson Silva shows my place, at middleweight he’s ruined everybody else club Thietes Lietes who just wanted a surface ju jitsu fight. When he steps up to mild heavyweight he places on a banger show and directs shockwaves through the mild heavyweight department! Winners like GSP and BJ Penn before have removed following their challenger to batter and gain, that i think enables the challenger opportunity to turn defense into strike and allows the challenger an improved chance at whipping the champion.
BJ Penn demonstrated at khabib vs mcgregor live he’s by the very best fighter at 155 and must decrease ever sold as the most effective at 155. What interested me more is just how many challengers recommend they can put BJ away and have the abilities to accomplish so. BJ has struggled up welterweight and gained fights, he has struggled legends such as for instance Matt Hughes and GSP for games, he in addition has previously fought recent gentle heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida when pressing over 205 catchweight. Recall BJ Penn has been champion at equally welterweight (champion at UFC 46 and stripped when he signed for K-1) and light defended since UFC 80, he’s beaten Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and of late Diego Sanchez at UFC 107.
If you move up to middleweight, so what can you say about Anderson Silva? The Brazilian has beaten every challenger in front of him for years, he went around light heavyweight and beaten a former champion in Forest Griffin and dangerous striker David Irwin. There are lots of demands Anderson to step-up and fight instruction partner and recent winner Lyoto Machida but refuses do to being friends. Very respectable but ultimately he has got the skills to overcome the dragon.
The only issue in this controversy is if Lyoto Machida and Brock Lesnar are adequate to be long haul champions at their particular weights. Lyoto has just defended his concept after, which had depends upon issue the end result against fellow Brazilan Shogun Rua. The rematch is born for March 2010. Then you have former WWE champ who is a revelation in his 4 battles in the UFC, he’s beaten legend Randy Couture, Frank Mir at their rematch and Heath Hearing. His downfall perhaps when he battles tactical and really complex practitioners as his organic energy and shear measurement will discourage 90% of heavyweights. Brock seems to be finding on the worst of his injuries and has been penciled directly into battle in July against number one challenger Shane Carwin. For me personally both have the capability to be champion for several fights but doubt they’ll for the shear truth the quality of challengers in equally weights.
Rashad Evans, former champ and coping with his lose to Machida at UFC 98. He was due to fight other top 5 contender Rampage Jackson but working commitments have stumped those plans. Evans has missing just lost one fight and seems to take yet another stage to the very best by preventing Thiago Silva at UFC 108 as the key function for the initial UFC function in 2010. I believe given the opportunity Rashad can overcome 95% of fighters.
Randy Couture, the former mild heavyweight and heavyweight winner has taken the step down seriously to gentle heavyweight since his back once again to right back loses at 206. Randy won a dodgy knowing decision around Brandon Vera at UFC 105 in Manchester. Couture actually at 46 is just a true risk at mild heavyweight and will be a large 205, he revealed his power against Vera and could challenge the large punches like Evans, Jackson or Machida. It’s proposed that Couture with a win over fellow 40+ ex champion Tag Coleman at UFC 109 constant, could get an attempt at the title. If you ask me a touch too shortly but is really a correct star of the UFC but after yet another win might entitle him to some other split at the title.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, new comer to the UFC perhaps, new comer to MMA number, former Pleasure champ demonstrated his capacity against Luiz Arthur Cane at UFC 106 and seems to be fighting other prime gentle heavyweight Brandon Vera. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira sent shockwaves through gentle heavyweight department along with his introduction get over Stick who was simply regarded as prime 3 competitors at 205. I’d prefer to see him avenge his loss to Shogun from the Pride days, therefore he could be yet another with two wins away from a subject shot.
Lastly Brandon Vera, my outside selection for name competitor, his “loss” to Couture was odd, he’s beaten two other light heavyweight’s including out classing Krzysztof Soszynski and has big victories in the UFC over former heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Vera has two core skills which sets him besides almost every other challengers, his Muay Thai is on still another stage and his Greco Roman Wrestling gives an actual solid bottom and compliments his Muay Thai. He is also now settled at 205 and seems like he is actually a serious contender.
Then we’ve the heavyweight division, there are four to five real concept contenders. Firstly Frank Mir has beaten Lesnar with a recover lock but this is in Lesnar’s debut. There’s mma star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira who appears to be getting back once again to his best because his infection, Nogueira could put real strain on the larger Lesnar with his BJJ skills and with a black gear in Judo he’ll present a different battle to any others.