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What's next for the Heavyweight division?

Posted 11-29-2007 at 01:45 AM by Kameleon
[CENTER]2007 was definately a year to remember as far as the heavyweight division is concerned. After having a very successful MMA career, Randy Couture has cut ties with the UFC, seemingly leaving the UFC Heavyweight division in shambles. With the HW title now vacant, who can and will step up and who will be left behind. Here are the top 5 Heavyweight fighters in the UFC that have the best shot at getting a title shot in 2008. With out further a do, the list........................[/CENTER]


[B]Tim Sylvia[/B]
He is one of the best strikers in the HW division, if not one of the more boring fighters. But what Sylvia lacks in showmanship, he makes up for in shear size. Standing 6'7 and tipping the scale at 230+ pounds, Sylvia is the biggest HW in the UFC division. He has beaten some great fighters and looks to be back in the title hunt come next year.

[B]Antonio Noguiera[/B]
One of Brazils most decorated jiu-jitsu fighters and former Pride HW champion. Noguiera had a very unimpressive debut against Heath Herring. Many people believe that Noguiera is next in line to be champion, seeing as the only 2 people to beat him, are not in the UFC. Noguiera is a brazilian jiu-jitsu expert and has one the majority of his fights on the ground and by submission.

[B]Andrei Arlovski[/B]
Former HW champion, Arlovski is a great all around fighter, who can KO fighters or tap them out. Arlovski has had contract issues as of late but it seems that the UFC management want to work things out. Aside from that, Arlovski has won his last 2 fights and want a title shot.

[B]Brandon Vera[/B]
His last fight was against Tim Sylvia, and he lost. Vera is still young and needs more experience before he is given an earned title shot. He is one of the more prospectable HW fighters. Look out for Vera in 2008 because he has something to prove to his fans and to the non-believers.

[B]Mirko CroCop[/B]
Most likely the best pure striker in the HW divison, CroCop has been unimpressive since stepping into the octagon. He has lost his last 2 fights and the UFC management cannot reach him for comments or bookings. No one but Mirko knows what's next for him. I only hope he gets back to his winning ways and becomes a contender.
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Rambler14's Avatar
Kongo deserves more of a mention than CC.
Has there been any word on Vera re-signing with the UFC? Wasn't the Sylvia fight the last one on his contract?
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 10:01 AM by Rambler14 Rambler14 is offline
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Great analysis Kam. Right now, the UFC's HW Division is sooo stacked, and they don't even have Barnett, Fedor, Sergei, Hunt etc.
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 10:35 AM by brownpimp88 brownpimp88 is offline
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Good thoughts Kam. However, I actually think the UFC's HW div is right after the MW div in the stacked dept. I also think they need more fights in the HW div. Is it just me, or do they only have like 3-4 significant HW bouts a year? There just isnt enough, and its not moving along that well. You have the guys, but not the fights. I guess the higher up in weight class you get, the harder it is to book a fight.
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 11:17 AM by plazzman plazzman is offline
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I really think that the LHW division is the most stacked at this moment in time, but hey maybe it's just me. Also great analysis, but I must say cro cop, or at least the cro cop we have seen in the octagon is not the best pure striker sadly, and I am a massive fan
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 11:37 AM by Ramzee Ramzee is offline
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But from we have seen in the past he is a really great striker. I only listed what I considered the top 5 in the division. At any point, one of those guys could be champion. Kongo is in the same boat as Gonzaga, there only significant win is over CroCop.
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 12:36 PM by Kameleon Kameleon is offline
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yea I would have to agree, it's just seeing Mirko like this *sigh* he is not showing his true striking potential at all...I am still baffled as to what happened. Ah well, again great analysis bud
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 12:55 PM by Ramzee Ramzee is offline
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Nice analysis...To add: I think Crocop will be better in the new year. I do not think all the Lesner hype is anything to get excited over either. Kongo will be a force as well do not forge about him either as well as Big Nog.
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 01:16 PM by Sterling Sterling is offline
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I'm liking the analysis except for Nog looking "unimpressive" vs. Herring. One sloppy kick does not take away the fact that he dominated and controlled almost every second of that fight. His striking was better, his ground game was better, and his cardio was better.

If anything, being able to survive that kick and still win the fight tells me he's the next UFC champ. Only Nog could take that kick and come back to win. The man's heart is unbeatable.
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 06:27 PM by kds13 kds13 is offline
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Herring had that fight against Nog but let him up off the ground. All Herring had to do was keep pounding and the ref would have stopped the fight but he let him up. When I saw that, I was like Herring is the stupidest fighter ever.
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Posted 11-29-2007 at 09:44 PM by Kameleon Kameleon is offline
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I must agree, was the dumbest thing he could possibly do...its nog for christs sake, what was herring thinking! jeeze!
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Posted 11-30-2007 at 10:44 PM by Ramzee Ramzee is offline
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whatever happened to that guy who beat the hell out of Heath Herring? Good blog but I wouldnt consider CroCop in the top 5 UFC heavyweights right now
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Posted 12-04-2007 at 05:22 PM by kamikaze145 kamikaze145 is offline
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Nogueira? He's coming back at UFC 81 against Tim Sylvia.
Or are you talking about jake o'brien?
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Posted 12-04-2007 at 05:30 PM by GMW GMW is offline
 

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