Like most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, I'm getting a little tired of rematches.
In the last two years, over the course of four fights, we saw Junior dos Santos fight Cain Velasquez twice, who also fought Antonio Silva twice. When it comes to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title, I sure as heck wouldn't mind seeing a couple of fresh faces.
Unfortunately, said faces aren't holding up their end of the bargain.
Unlikely division contender Mark Hunt had a chance to complete his Cinderella story against "Cigano" in the co-main event of the UFC 160 pay-per-view (PPV), which took place last night (May 25, 2013) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Instead, he joins Adam Cella and Luke Rockhold in this year's "I just got KTFO by a crazy kick" highlight reel.
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier, who successfully transitioned to the ranks of the Octagon elite by shutting down Frank Mir earlier this year in San Jose, is a lil' too chummy with Velasquez over at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) and said he'd rather drop a weight class than fight for Cain's title.
Josh Barnett is signed (finally), but has yet to make his return.
In 2012, Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne were both expected to emerge as division contenders; however, both were subsequently knocked out by "Bigfoot" Silva and sent to the back of the line. Don't expect to see them back in the running until they fight each other later this year on FOX.
The next two fighters in line, according to the "official" UFC rankings, are Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson.
If their names sound familiar in this heavyweight discussion, they should, as both "Vai Cavalo" and "Big Country" were handily defeated by Dos Santos and still have to get past Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC on FUEL TV 10) and Stipe Miocic (UFC 161), respectively.
That's it folks, that's your top 10.
The good news is, making an argument for "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3" is relatively easy. Each fighter owns a convincing win over the other but more importantly, both fighters are coming off convincing wins at UFC 160. Velasquez destroyed "Bigfoot" for the second straight time last night in "Sin City," improving to 12-1. His only loss? A 2011 knockout to "Cigano."
If anyone can think of a more justifiable title fight, I'd love to hear it.
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