Does the UFC Really Have the World's Best Heavyweights?
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So the majority of the MMA world believes that Fedor Emelianenko is the world's best heavyweight at the moment, but there are still many that argue over his legitimacy in the sport due to the fact that he hasn't fought in the UFC.
Of course this would suggest that the UFC has top heavyweight fighters that could give Fedor some kind of trouble. But does the UFC really have top heavyweight fighters worthy of fighting a man with the credentials that Fedor has?
For nearly 10 years Fedor Emelianenko has been almost flawless in his performances (not to mention unbeaten), whether they were over top-ranked opponents or not.
Can the same be said about the UFC's heavyweights? Let's take a look at the fighters who would even qualify for a fight with the Last Emperor.
This is an obvious choice. He's big, he's strong, and he's the UFC Heavyweight champ. But with a record of 4-1 it's pretty ridiculous to say that he's first on the list.
I will admit that Brock's size and power would present an interesting challenge for Emelianenko, but is he really the most deserving person to fight Fedor just because he beat Heath Herring, Randy Couture, and Frank Mir?
Or could it be the fact that he's big, he's strong, and he's the UFC Heavyweight champ?
He's big, he's strong, and he has a win over Gabriel Gonzaga.
There's not much more to write about Shane Carwin, although I will admit he is a good fighter, but his resume is not exactly outstanding.
His biggest win is over the aforementioned Gabriel Gonzaga, and yet he is one of the UFC's best heavyweights and one of the guys that's always mentioned when people are talking about good challenges for Fedor.
With a win/loss to Brock Lesnar, a win over Big Nog, and a recent win over Cheick Kongo, Frank Mir is in an awkward position in the UFC's heavyweight rankings.
Is he one of their best? Of course, but after his near destruction in his first bout with Lesnar and total destruction in the second, I don't see him being champ as long as Brock still has the belt.
Embarrassing losses in the past don't help either.
So we have a less-than-outstanding win over Brock, a win over a suppossedly ill Nogueira (staph infection), and a win over a mediocre Cheick Kongo (who also lost to a past-his-prime Heath Herring).
Yeah, I guess he's one of their best.
Now here's a guy who has tons of potential, in my opinion. After impressive wins over Cheick Kongo and Ben Rothwell, Cain established himself as a threat to anyone he's going to fight.
But, with his biggest wins only being Cheick Kongo and Ben Rothwell, I'm not going to say that he's the shit.
If he can get past Nogueira, Cain Velasquez is definitely going to be deserving of a fight with anyone in the heavyweight division.
Junior Dos Santos
Here's another guy with plenty of potential, but who hasn't done too much.
A win over a top-ranked Fabricio Werdum is very impressive, but a win over a shell of a man in Mirko Cro Cop doesn't say much.
It seems everyone is making a name for themselves with the help of Cro Cop these days, at least it helped turn Gonzaga and Kongo into top-10 heavyweights.
Dos Santos is a good fighter with lots of potential, but an unimpressive list of wins; fighting Gilbert Yvel at UFC 108 isn't going to help.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogeira
He's already been badly beaten by Fedor twice so he doesn't count. But he's still one of the best.
The point I'm trying to make here is that there isn't anybody at the UFC that Fedor needs to fight.
If you look at Fedor's list of wins and try to compare them to any heavyweight in the UFC, Fedor's list will look a lot better (except maybe Nogueira).
Does anybody in the UFC have a chance of beating him? Of course, everyone is different and I think anyone of these guys that I've mentioned would be a great opponent for Fedor.
But to say the UFC has the best heavyweights just shows that there aren't that many good heavyweights out there right now.
Most of they're top guys, which i've listed above, have 10 fights or less with maybe two or three victories over top opponents.
Who's to say that Brett Rogers or Allistair Overeem aren't just as good as they are?
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