9 months in the past, the UFC gentle heavyweight image was clear. There was Chuck Liddell on high and everybody else was miles behind him, however within the wild world of blended martial arts rankings can change within the blink of an eye fixed. Here’s a take a look at the present UFC gentle heavyweight panorama and the way we acquired right here.
ufc 242 live stream 4 significant gentle heavyweight contenders have been added to the UFC coming instantly or not directly from Japan’s Pleasure group. In fact I certified that with significant as there are others like Kazuhiro Nakamura, however there is not room in a single article to speak about all the high contenders within the gentle heavyweight, not to mention guys who do not rank within the high ten. These gentle heavyweight contenders are Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson.
The perfect recognized fighter to hitch the UFC from Pleasure is Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Technically Quinton had a stopover within the WFA the place he decisioned world high middleweight fighter Matt Lindland, however Quinton has spent the vast majority of his recognized profession within the Pleasure group. Whereas in Pleasure, Quinton Jackson would battle for the title twice, each instances in opposition to very long time Pleasure gentle heavyweight champion Wanderlei Silva. The primary one was for the delight middleweight match title, the second was for the delight middleweight title. It is price noting that Quinton’s loss to Wanderlei was the identical night time as he defeated Chuck Liddell (the primary time they met). Since then, Quinton has managed to defeat Chuck Liddell once more, capturing the UFC gentle heavyweight title belt in spectacular trend with a primary spherical KO of the previous champ. Quinton has additionally defended his belt as soon as in opposition to “Harmful/Hollywood” Dan Henderson.
Harmful Dan Henderson is one other high gentle heavyweight fighter to hitch the UFC from Pleasure. Dan held the Pleasure middleweight belt after knocking out former Pleasure middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva. Henderson has since misplaced that belt when he confronted Quinton Jackson within the first ever unification title bout between Pleasure and the UFC. Regardless of Dan’s loss to Quinton, he’s nonetheless thought of by many to be high 5 materials within the UFC gentle heavyweight division.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua simply had his UFC debut at UFC 76 and whereas most individuals believed that he would simply defeat his opponent, Forrest Griffin, he had much more bother within the UFC cage than he has had within the Pleasure ring. Shogun holds victories in Pleasure over such high names as Quinton Jackson, Ricardo Arona, Kevin Randleman and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Regardless of having confronted the superior competitors over his profession, Shogun was unable to adapt to the UFC and was dominated for the higher a part of his battle by Forrest Griffin.
The most recent Pleasure fighter to hitch the UFC’s gentle heavyweight image is very long time Pleasure middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva. Wanderlei has fought within the UFC earlier than and suffered a loss to Tito Ortiz. Since then he managed to carry onto the Pleasure middleweight title for 5 years, that’s till Dan Henderson KO’d him in February 2007. Even with this loss, Wanderlei is taken into account probably the most harmful fighters on the earth at 205 lbs.
Chuck Liddell, the person who was on high of the 205 listing simply 6 months in the past has now suffered two defeats in a row. The primary one was a KO loss to Quinton Jackson, the second was an in depth cut up determination loss to Keith Jardine. Chuck’s future could also be up within the air, however I am guessing that he’ll come again and win a few extra large fights earlier than going into retirement.
A lot for the brand new blood, the place precisely do these guys rank within the UFC gentle heavyweight division? I do not know. Many of the guys who I might have ranked high 5 have suffered losses of their final battle. These are (in no explicit order) Mauricio Shogun Rua, Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva. The final man to spherical out that high 5 can be one among Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Keith Jardine and Houston Alexander. As you may see, a lot of the fighters I might have ranked within the backside half of the highest 10 have victories over the fellows ranked within the high 5. It is this component of the unknown which goes to maintain the stacked UFC gentle heavyweight division thrilling over the subsequent twelve months. Really any fighter within the high 10 can beat anybody else on any given night time. Positive there are fashion matchups that are dangerous (Tito vs Chuck for example), however for probably the most half this division is vast open.