The UFC’s heavyweight division has the lowest amount of fighters in any weight class within the organization. The UFC’s website lists 28 heavyweight fighters under contract, though that number is really 23.
Heath Herring is under contract, but has not expressed any desire to fight recently with the UFC, Antoni Hardonk has recently retired from competition, James McSweeney dropped down to light heavyweight, Anthony Perosh stated he’s dropping down to light heavyweight next time he fights and Vinicius Queiroz was recently released for testing positive for PED’s.
So with that low of a number of heavyweights, I propose the UFC does an Ultimate Fighter comeback season featuring heavyweights.
For this season the winner will be fighting for a UFC contract and will be guaranteed at least three fights with the UFC; no title shot like the previous comeback season. The criteria for this season is simple in that you must have been a heavyweight in the UFC at some point in your career.
With that in mind, I came up with 16 fighters, five which have been former UFC heavyweight champions and six that have been former No. 1 contenders that will compete in the heavyweight comeback edition.