The UFC owes much of its success to the 205-pound weight class. For years, it was home to the promotion’s biggest stars: Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson, Forrest Griffin and Shogun Rua just to name a few. But these days, the division is thinning rapidly. Many of its stars have aged quickly out of their primes or retired entirely. It’s safe to say that the landscape will be drastically different in just a few years’ time.
But the appeal is still obvious. These men are big enough to blast each other with heavyweight power, but aren’t so enormous as to lose the athleticism that reminds us that these are men with extraordinary capabilities. Let’s check out the state of the division today. And remember you can bet on your favorite fighters with the BookMaker.eu.
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Weight Limit: 205 pounds
Average Height: 73.7” (6’1.7”)
Average Reach: 76.2” (6’4.2”)
MMA legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will make his last stand against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 134 on July 22. Though we don’t know if he’ll hang up the gloves afterward just yet, we do know that his career is nearing an end. Fighting a bigger, stronger guys 10 years his junior is just bad news for a legend who really can’t take too much heat anymore. Our top-rated online sportsbooks aren’t giving Shogun much of a shot, with Oezdemir a -350 favorite and Rua at +260 on the comeback.
There’s one young stud you need to keep an eye on: Dominick “The Devastator” Reyes. No relation to Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz. Coming off a dominant victory over the underrated Jared Cannonier, Reyes is 6’4”, a former NFL hopeful with elite athleticism, and oozes MMA talent. Just 28 years old - a baby in light heavyweight years - Reyes is already 9-0 and ready to take a step up in competition.
June Champion: Daniel Cormier
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Volkan Oezdemir
3. Glover Teixeira
4. Ilir Latifi
5. Jan Blachowicz
6. Mauricio Rua
7. Jimi Manuwa
8. Ovince St. Preux
9. Corey Anderson
10. Misha Cirkunov
11. Dominick Reyes
12. Patrick Cummins
13. Tyson Pedro
14. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
15. Sam Alvey
Jon Jones easily takes the spot as the greatest light heavyweight in UFC history. He has never truly lost inside the octagon, and his resume is packed with notable scalps like Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier, Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida. What’s more, he’s never truly been challenged except for his fight with Gustafsson.
But perhaps the most famous fighter in this division is Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, who was a key figure in the UFC’s meteoric rise to popularity. Despite retiring in 2010, the former champion is still one of the division’s most recognizable figures. His trademark mohawk and bone-crushing knockouts will long be remembered, and he is one of the first fighters ever to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Other fighters of note are Tito Ortiz, whose rivalry with Liddell is still one of the most famous in history. Forrest Griffin won Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter with an all-out slobber knocker that’s cited as the most important UFC fight ever - he later went on to win the title in a stunning upset over Rampage Jackson.
This division currently looms in the shadow of Jon Jones - until he is beaten, it all revolves around him. Still just 29 years old, he’s got years of fighting prime left to further an all-time great legacy. Beyond Jones, there is much uncertainty for the division - we can only hope that it reaches its previous heights.
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