Posted 12-14-2007 at 10:48 PM by Kameleon
[B]The current champion is Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson who beat Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 and defended the title at UFC 75 against Pride Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson.
Chuck Liddell has had another lose to up and comer Keith Jardine, which has dropped the Iceman on the contenders list.
Wanderlei Silva will have his debut fight against Chuck Liddell in which I believe Silva will win. Both fighters are coming off of 2 loses and both need the win to bounce back. Silva, during his reign as champion fought better competition and is a more proven fighter than Liddell. Liddell has been handed paper fighters during his reign as champion and that showed when he fought Rampage.
Silva has beaten Rampage twice, in Pride. I don't believe the results would change now, if they were to fight again in the UFC.
Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua is a true contender, who lost his debut fight in the UFC. Unlike CroCop and Rampage, who were handed easy debut fights, Rua was handed Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin. Griffin has the knack for being the underdog and coming out on top and even if he doesn't win, he makes losing look pretty damn good.
Rashad Evans just came off a win over Micheal Bisping, which still hasn't proven that he is a contender. So you beat Bisping, who has Bisping beaten?
Machida looks great when he fights but not sure if Dana and company want him as champion. Hell, Dana and company don't want Rampage as champion. Machida is facing Sokoudjou, who has beaten 2 top 10 fighters earlier this year. Not much is known of Sokoudjou but Machida should be a good challenge for him.
This is a stacked division, almost as stacked as the Welterweight division. There are a lot of contenders and future champions.
I give Wanderlei Silva 6 months, before he become the Light Heavyweight Champion.[/B]