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”)
There might not be a more frustrating division than middleweight right now. Longtime MMA fans really just want to see titleholder Michael Bisping face a top contender, but the Brit somehow keeps getting “money fights” against undeserving fighters - leaving the entire weight class in a holding pattern. While we can’t hate on Bisping’s desire to make as much paper as he can, one can’t help but think that he’s crapping on everything the belt stands for.
Michael Bisping is a slight +120 underdog for his title defense against Georges St. Pierre, who is currently a -140 favorite. That’s some serious disrespect to the Brit, who is the bigger man facing a guy that hasn’t fought in over four years. Our early advice is to jump all over Bisping’s price before the betting public moves the lines out of your favor.
Luke Rockhold is coming off a win over David Branch earlier this month, and it’s good to see the former champ back in action. He’s undeniably one of the best middleweights in the world, and there are a lot of great matchups waiting for him. An interim title match against Robert Whittaker would be all sorts of fun.
Champion: Michael Bisping
1. Robert Whittaker - Interim Champion
2. Luke Rockhold
3. Yoel Romero
4. Jacare Souza
5. Chris Weidman
6. Anderson Silva
7. Derek Brunson
8. Kelvin Gastelum
9. David Branch
10. Krzysztof Jotko
11. Vitor Belfort
12. Thales Leites
13. Tim Boetsch
14. Uriah Hall
15. Thiago Santos
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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