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”)
A pivotal matchup between No. 3 Glover Teixeira and Misha Cirkunov is on tap for UFC on FOX 26 on December 16. Cirkunov is one of the only real “prospects” at 205 pounds - he’s relatively young, has good power, athleticism and a skillset that projects well for the division. But Teixeira is a guy that can challenge him everywhere, making this a real test for the Latvian.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov is a mystery man in the top 15, as few fans have even heard of his name. But he’s 20-4 overall with two straight octagon wins. Plus, he’s from Dagestan, a region that is pumping out great fighters with regularity.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Cormier
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Volkan Oezdemir
3. Glover Teixeira
4. Jimi Manuwa
5. Mauricio Rua
6. Ovince St. Preux
7. Corey Anderson
8. Misha Cirkunov
9. Ilir Latifi
10. Patrick Cummins
11. Rogerio Nogueira
12. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
13. Tyson Pedro
14. Gian Villante
15. Jan Blachowicz
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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