After dismantling Junior dos Santos on his feet, it's safe to say that Velasquez now possesses a deadly striking game. That's alarming, considering the guy is already one of the best takedown specialists in the world.
Now, he's going to find it much easier to either land heavy bombs on an opponent's chin or shoot for a double leg and batter his foe via ground-and-pound. In other words, Velasquez may be the most dominating heavyweight champion the UFC has ever seen.
Many people consider Mir a declining contender who probably won't make another title run. While that prediction does hold some merit, considering his recent flop against Junior dos Santos, it just isn't fair to the 33-year-old. The fact of the matter is that Mir is still young enough to make one more run.
He still possesses the best submission game in the heavyweight division and is still capable of striking with any opponent outside of the division's Top Five. If he can knock off Daniel Cormier in April, people will jump back on the Mir bandwagon.
When people think about "The Demolition Man," they think about the bruising kickboxer who knocked Brock Lesnar into retirement. But more often than not, those are the people who don't know how and when Overeem made a name for himself in the sport.
The guy busted onto the MMA scene all the way back in 2005 when he submitted Vitor Belfort in Pride to spark the Middleweight Grand Prix tournament. Now while Overeem is much bigger now and has more success laying his legs into opponent's ribs, he does still possess the ability to submit almost any heavyweight in the UFC.
So even though he doesn't possess Velasquez's wrestling or Mir's willingness to snap bone, he's capable of doing more than punching and kicking.
It's crazy to think that Nogueira is slightly underrated these days. Sure, he's an aging veteran who's had more surgeries than Greg Oden (for my basketball lovers out there), but the Brazilian still possesses one of the most dangerous arsenals in the game.
He can roll with anyone, literally anyone, and can throw down with some of the best strikers in the heavyweight division. Needless to say, he's a guy you never want to sleep on.
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