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”)
Believe it or not, Georges St. Pierre is the middleweight champion. After four years off from the sport, the former welterweight champ moved up a weight class and managed to take out one of the sport’s top 185-pounders. The question is now whether he chooses to defend the belt or not - there are plenty of killers inside the division who I’m sure GSP wouldn’t mind avoiding.
Anderson Silva and Kelvin Gastelum will headline a UFC Fight Night event in China. Currently, the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu show Silva as a big +182 underdog, which is a little sad considering he’s arguably the greatest fighter of all time. Gastelum already thrashed one Brazilian legend in Vitor Belfort, and those don’t get bigger than Anderson Silva.
Where does Michael Bisping go from here? He said he’s not done, but it’s likely he’ll never fight for the title again. It’s also difficult to rank a former champion that’s lost to most of the top-5 contenders and failed to defend the belt against any of them either. A matchup against rival Yoel Romero could prove more than any of his title defenses did.
UFC Middleweight Champion: Georges St. Pierre
1. Robert Whittaker - Interim Champion
2. Luke Rockhold
3. Yoel Romero
4. Michael Bisping
5. Jacare Souza
6. Chris Weidman
7. Derek Brunson
8. Anderson Silva
9. Kelvin Gastelum
10. David Branch
11. Uriah Hall
12. Vitor Belfort
13. Krzysztof Jotko
14. Lyoto Machida
12. Brad Tavares
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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