The UFC's heavyweight division looks as stacked as ever which is only good for the fans, over the past year we have had one major heavyweight fight after another, and it doesn't look like ending anytime soon with another major blockbuster fight between Overeem and JDS. With the next title fight already sealed, who should be next in line, what fights should be made in order to determine the next contenders? Here are the key match ups that should determine the next contenders for the UFC heavyweight title:
The Winner of Barnett VS Cormier becomes the automatic number 1 contender to face the winner of Overeem VS JDS sometime in August-September (Assuming JDS is fit to fight sometime in March-April, I'm unaware of his knee surgery recovery)
The Winner of Mir VS Cain should face Werdum if Werdum beats Nelson which is very likely, and the winner of that fight then goes on to become the next contender for the heavyweight belt. Now if Nelson happens to pull off a shocker and beats Werdum, and Cain beats Mir, then obviously Cain VS Nelson for the number 1 spot, but if both Mir and Nelson win you can't have these 2 fight again as they just fought in May of last year, so either Mir automatically becomes the number 1 contender if he beats Cain and just waits it out until the end of 2012 or early 2013, or he fights again. Anyways the best case scenario is the winner of Mir VS Cain vs Werdum sometime in August-September to determine the 2nd contender for the heavyweight title.
Either way that's a lot of good fights, hopefully the UFC put's it together, as those fights are the fights that make the most sense at this point.
Winner of Overeem VS JDS VS Winner of Barnett VS Cormier
Winner of Fank Mir VS Cain VS Fabricio Werdum for the next title contender shot