In March of 2018, current Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier, retired from the UFC. With that, he has not excluded the possibility of taking on a new challenge. In this segment, we’re focusing on the heavyweight division and the most deserving contenders for an upcoming title fight.
3. Curtis Blaydes (10-1)
Curtis “Razor” Blaydes has been dominant in the heavyweight division as far as wrestling goes. He has taken on and defeated his last three opponents in Oleksiy Oliynyk, Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem. With the spotlight only getting brighter for Blaydes, could this lead to a title match against Daniel Cormier? With a few more convincing victories over the next several months, this could be a realistic matchup for the future.
2. Alexander Volkov (29-6)
The Russian UFC fighter has been nothing short of exciting in recent months. By defeating the likes of Timothy Johnson, Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve and Fabrício Werdum, Alexander “Drago” Volkov has gone on to dominant essentially any opponent in his path. Although Volkov is not as strong a wrestler as Cormier, his 57% strike rating is actually 6% higher than Cormier’s. We saw what great wrestling can do to Volkov, as Werdum had control for most of their respective bout. In the end though, Volkov prevailed and knocked out his opponent, which only goes to show how exciting this Russia vs USA bout could be.
1. Stipe Miocic (18-3)
The former champion is coming off a devastating loss against Cormier, but it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t deserve a rematch. Prior to UFC 226, Miocic defended the championship three consecutive times, and despite making a huge mistake with Cormier, Miocic still has wins over many top heavyweights with almost all of those men have knockout power and tremendous ground game, and Miocic overcame each of them. A rematch is needed between these two fighters, this would be the best route the UFC could take with the heavyweight division.