15 Light Heavyweights For The UFC To Sign Right Now

The UFC light heavyweight division has long been one of the best divisions as well as biggest draws.  Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Rampage Jackson and of course Jon Jones are some of the notables from the division.  However, the division is currently in peril.  Jon Jones is out for the foreseeable future working out his personal and legal issues.  Rashad Evans is still recovering from an injury.  Alexander Gustafsson is now injured.  Phil Davis is now in Bellator.  Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Shogun Rua are oft injured.  Feijao is MIA.  Rampage is back, but still has some uncertainty surrounding him.  Essentially you have four guys at the top who are active:  Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson, Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader.  Ovince St. Preux is some new life.  Jimi Manuwa, Jan Blachowicz, Patrick Cummins and Fabio Maldonado are nice gatekeepers.  Brendan Schaub is dropping down, but I don’t expect him to be more than a gatekeeper there.  Anthony Perosh is old.  Dan Henderson is at middleweight.  They gave two solid light heavyweight prospects tough fights and they lost (Cara de Sapata and Corey Anderson).  There is currently a title fight scheduled between Cormier and Johnson, but after that, what happens?  Does Ryan Bader get a title shot?  UFC needs, needs needs some light heavyweights.  The problem is that talent does not move to contender status over night.  They need to sign multiple guys now.  I have listed 15 signings for them to make.  I would argue that they need to sign 5-8 of these guys quickly and build them.

The problem with these guys is that most of them are under 30 years old.  Joe Silva tends to like guys over 30 years old, which is part of the problem with the division.

1. Ion Cutelaba – 10-1 -21 years old

2. Tyrone Spong – 2-0 – 29 years old

3. Shamil Gamzatov – 7-0 – 24 years old

4. Mikhail Mokhnatkin – 6-1-1 – 25 years old

5. Jiri Prochazka – 12-2-1 – 21 years old

6.Abdul Kerim Edilov – 15-4 – 23 years old

7. Alexey Butorin – 9-0 – 28 years old

8. Karl Albrektsson – 4-0 – 21 years old

9. Maxim Grishin – 19-6 – 31 years old

10. Misha Cirkunov – 8-2 – 28 years old

11. Josh Stansbury – 6-2 – 30 years old

12. Magomed Ankalayev – 4-0 – 22 years old

13. Shamil Nurmagomedov – 19-3 – 32 years old

14. Karl Moore – 5-0 -22 years old

15. Iain Martell – 10-1 – 24 years old


One Response to 15 Light Heavyweights For The UFC To Sign Right Now

  1. Max says:

    where is Leo Leite? Judo and BJJ veteran, Legacy mw and lhw champion

    Goran Reljic is ressurecting… here’s is a list of fighters not included on your list:

    Goran Reljic (Croatia)
    Joachim Christensen (Denmark)
    Leo Leite (Brazil)
    Marcel Fortuna (Brazil/USA). dude was the first to defeat UFC veteran David Mitchell after 7 consecutive high level wins.
    Teddy Holder (USA)

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