Brock Lesnar, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, George St. Pierre, and BJ Penn are all the current champions of their respective divisions. They all have impressive records and look to be unbeatable by any other fighters in the UFC. Who can beat them?
Brock Lesnar’s last fight against Frank Mir wasn’t even fair. Lesnar destroyed him. Lesnar flew through the UFC and destroyed Heath Herring, Randy Couture, and Frank Mir. It really has started looking like no one stands a chance. Then, Frank Mir comes out to fight Cheick Kongo weighing in at 264.5 pounds. He gained over 20 pounds and subbed Kongo with a guillotine. Brock Lesnar may have to fight Frank Mir again, if he fights at all again. Brock has an intestinal disorder and he may have to have surgery. Also, we can expect to see Brock lose a lot of weight from his disorder. At this point it is unclear how long Lesnar will be out and if he will be able to ever fight again in the octogon. Now, Mir is going to fight Shane Carwin, on March 27th for the interim belt.
Lyoto Machida is the one champ that may have real problems dealing with the stacked light heavyweight division. Lyoto was almost beaten by Shogun Rua and they are scheduled for a rematch for May 1st, 2010, at UFC 113. Lyoto has the loosest grip on his belt out of all of the champions. I think that if Anderson Silva wanted, he could have the light heavyweight and middleweight belts. Either way, I look forward to seeing the rematch with Rua that I’m sure both fighters are training very intensely for.
Anderson Silva. That’s really all I need to say. Before Forrest Griffin, Thales Leites just embarrassed himself. Thales was afraid to stand up with Silva. Griffin showed us why. Anderson Silva, who hasn’t been actually beaten in over 5 years, made Forrest Griffin look like a child. Silva dodged his punches and dominated him from all over, finishing with a backpedalling downward jab for the knockout. Anderson Silva loves putting on a good show and after his fight with Patrick Cote he was looking to have an exciting next fight. Unfortunately, the fight with Leites wasn’t much better and Silva was upset that his fans were disappointed. Silva has clearly shown that he’s back and in his prime. He is rumored to be retiring at thirty five, after his contract, which includes three more fights, is up.
Then there is GSP. He has beaten almost all of the top welter weight fighters. After March 27th, he’ll be able to add Dan Hardy to his impressive resume. The only two losses on his record are Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. Look how he paid them back. He has beaten Matt Hughes twice since his loss and he owned Matt Serra. How? Oh yes, by knees to the body. Thiago Alves was supposed to be his biggest challenge and GSP still showed his expertise in all areas of MMA. Jon Fitch is now very highly ranked, number two I believe, but GSP has already beaten him, as well.
Finally, there is the lightweight champion, BJ Penn. I thought that Diego Sanchez had a chance. I was mistaken. BJ Penn put disgusting cuts all over Sanchez’s face. There was a gaping, bloody hole where his face used to be. Diego Sanchez beat Clay Guida, so clearly Guida wouldn’t be able to beat Penn, either. Kenny Florian has also already been beaten by BJ Penn. BJ Penn has beaten all the top contenders in the lightweight division of the UFC, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Joe Stevenson, Takanori Gomi, and Jens Pulver, and even some middleweights, as well. Penn has even beaten Matt Sera and Matt Hughes.
I think the UFC has to start getting better recruits and also making better match ups. Dana White is a good promoter, but until he starts bringing in some real competition for these guys, I think a new fitting name for these champs is the Untouchables.