How Deep Is The UFC Heavyweight Division?
On the follow-up to UFC 121, Dana White claimed that the heavyweight division has never been this stacked before.
There is no doubt in my mind that the division is probably the best it has been for some time. Having the likes of Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos in your ranks would have any MMA fan excited. But is the UFC starving for depth within the division?
Coming off Brock Lesnar's loss to Cain Velasquez, a lot of people are wondering right now over Lesnar's future.
The rumours of him fighting Roy Nelson have been confirmed by Dana White to be untrue, which doesn't leave him with that many options. A match against Frank Mir makes sense in terms of their position within the UFC.
Although many fans would go against the fight, I would love to see it happen.
But it seems unlikely to happen with Brendan Schaub challenging Mir, coupled with the fact that the twitter responses were overwhelmingly negative. But where does that honestly leave the UFC? Who is there to challenge someone with the likes of Brock Lesnar?
Within the UFC, I can only see Brock fighting Rodrigo Nogueira. Both have come from a loss to Velasquez and are within the elite of the UFC heavyweight division.
However, Nogueira has been plagued with injuries as of late and may not be able to challenge Brock any time soon.
If I was in Dana White's shoes right now I'd do my best to sign Alistair Overeem after he is finished with his K1 tournament in December. The timing couldn't be better for both fighters to square off in the octagon.
Brock has wanted to take time off and hunt while Overeem is fighting in K1. I'm sure we all heard about Dana doubting Overeem's position within the top 10 heavyweights in MMA but you can't look past a guy like Overeem.
He is on a tear right now and hasn't lost a fight since 2007 and with the unpredictable nature of Strikeforce's management, it may be a while until he fights again.
I would love to see him in the UFC because he absolutely has the talent to take on the best in the world and is not getting a fair crack at proving his doubters wrong in Strikeforce.
As much as I want to see him fight Fedor, we know it's not going to happen (and I look forward to retracting this statement if it happens).
Fedor is coming of a loss and has only one fight left in his contract which appears to be a rematch with Fabricio Werdum. That really isn't fair on Overeem and he deserves much more than what he's getting at Strikeforce.
If he takes on Brock Lesnar in the UFC, not only will it strengthen the depth of the heavyweight division, but will add a more challenging and imposing figure who has a lot to prove.
We all know Overeem needs more MMA fights. He's only fought once this year in MMA and needs to challenge the best in the world if he were to prove to Dana White that he belongs among the top 10 heavyweights in MMA.
He's in the prime of his career at 30 years old and would be a huge addition to their ranks.