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The Future of the LHW Division, written by me
It is no secret that the light heavyweight division in the UFC has always been an incredibly stacked line-up but with the uprising of some big name prospects it makes things a lot more exciting and brings the UFC many decisions to make. With big names like Mauricio Shogun Rua, Loyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson and many more it really makes you wonder what Joe Silva matchmaker extraordinaire has planned for the future of the division. With all this being said, there are a few up and comers that are not making it an easy job for Joe Silva and the UFC.
First off we will take a look at Jon "Bones" Jones, an extremely talented unorthodox striker that has some extremely impressive Greco Roman wrestling and has displayed some fancy throws in his last fight as well. Jones’ only defeat came via DQ after illegally elbowing Matt Hamill during their fight at UFC: The Ultimate Finale 10. Many would go onto argue that the fight should have been stopped much sooner. Dispite the loss Jones was very humble and came back a stronger fighter and would see two very impressive victories over Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko.
Next we look at the equally talented Mr. Wonderful, Phil Davis. Mr. Wonderful has a great set of tools that he may use in a fight, he is a great striker and a scary talented wrestler, and he has proven he can finish fights by submission. This past Saturday at UFC 123 Davis finished off UFC vet Tim Boetsch via Kimura, it was later changed to “Wonder Lock” because it was a modified kimura that Phil was first to execute. It is unsure who is next for Phil Davis but with 4 straight wins in the octagon you can be sure that he is getting himself into title contention.
Jon Jones and Phil Davis are both a great threat to the LHW division of the UFC and at the ages of 23 and 26 respectively, it is no doubt that the future is bright for the two young talents. What will happen next is up to them but I can see the two of them fighting for the belt in short future.
Written by Andrew Castro