The UFC heavyweight division has a way of muddying its own waters.
Perhaps in a perfect world—or just a normal weight class—Saturday night’s network television main event pitting No. 2 Junior dos Santos against No. 4 Stipe Miocic would have all the trappings of a title eliminator.
Miocic is 6-1 in the UFC (he hasn’t lost since Sept. 2012), and a victory over dos Santos would summarily check the last box on his application for top-contender status. Meanwhile, Dos Santos is a former champion whose only losses in the Octagon have come to the current titlist. If anybody in the weight class deserves a third crack at the strap, it’s him.
With a win this weekend, it’d be hard to deny that ether guy deserves a direct flight into a championship fight. Unfortunately, “deserve” seldom gets the last word at 265 pounds.