Currently, we are witnessing the best, most competitive middleweight division in UFC history. Never has the quality at the top been so high - it seems highly unlikely that another Anderson Silva will emerge to dominate the 185-pound class for years on end. That makes for plenty of intriguing matchups in the coming years.
With middleweights, you have guys that walk around at 200+ pound cutting down to 185. Make no mistake: these are big men who are also elite athletes. The division is filled with Olympic athletes, world champions in jiu-jitsu, champion collegiate wrestlers and other decorated individuals.
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Let’s take a look at the current division. Remember, you can bet on your favorite fighters at BookMaker.eu.
Weight Limit: 185 pounds
Average Height: 73” (6’2”)
Average Reach: 75.2” (6’3.2”)
Robert Whittaker is still the champion, but the young Aussie had to go through a woodchipper to keep that strap. For the second straight fight Bobby Knuckles had to defeat Cuban hulk Yoel Romero, and the encore was even better than the thrilling first scrap. In an early Fight of the Year contender, Whittaker survived two knockdowns and rallied back from near unconsciousness to squeak by with a split decision. To be honest, if those two just kept fighting each other until they both retired nobody would complain.
While a rubber match between Romero and Whittaker would make sense given how competitive their first two fights were, you can’t blame Whittaker for wanting to move on. Fighting Romero might be one of the least enjoyable matchups in all of MMA. The two guys that are vying for a challenge are Kelvin Gastelum - who just eked by Jacare Souza - and Chris Weidman, who was the last guy to beat Gastelum. Whittaker’s such an exciting fighter that it doesn’t really matter who he gets, from a fan’s perspective.
We don’t blame Whittaker for not wanting a rubber match with Romero. Fighting that guy three times in a row is nobody’s idea of a good time. The most obvious candidates here are Kelvin Gastelum, who is fresh off a win over Jacare Souza, and Chris Weidman, who was the last guy that Gastelum lost to. With Whittaker quickly becoming one of the UFC’s most exciting fighters, either of those contenders would produce a kickass bout.
June Champion: Robert Whittaker
1. Yoel Romero
2. Luke Rockhold
3. Chris Weidman
4. Kelvin Gastelum
5. Jacare Souza
6. Derek Brunson
7. David Branch
8. Brad Tavares
9. Uriah Hall
10. Paulo Costa
11. Thiago Santos
12. Antonio Carlos Junior
13. Elias Theodorou
14. Krzysztof Jotko
15. Cezar Ferreira
Hands down, Anderson Silva is the greatest middleweight in UFC history. A champion for seven years, his reign was as violent as it was awe-inspiring. It’s possible that we’ll never see somebody like him again.
We need to give a special shout out to Michael Bisping, who had a fairytale 2016 which saw him win the UFC middleweight championship. After 10 long years of never being good enough to even earn a title shot, fortuitous events and the year’s biggest upset led to a lifetime achievement.
The post Anderson Silva era is a compelling one. It seems as if anyone in the top four could beat each other on any given day. With great talent at the top and a few intriguing young talents rising quickly, the middleweight division looks well positioned for the next few years.
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