Finally more fights announced in the UFC light heavyweight division

Finally more fights announced in the UFC light heavyweight division

Let’s be real for a second. The UFC light heavyweight division is in a state of emergency. Gone are the days when Chuck Liddell, Keith Jardine, Vitor Belfort, Rampage, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, the previous version of Shogun, Lyoto Machida, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, and Wanderlei Silva all fought in the division. The 2017 version is nowhere close to its predecessor. After the top 5 guys at light heavyweight, the decline becomes a steep one.

The lack of depth in the talent pool has made setting up fights at light heavyweight a matchmaker’s nightmare. Jon Jones, we all know his story. Both Cormier and Anthony Johnson are waiting for DC’s groin to heal, so they can fight. Ryan Bader is exploring the free agency market. Not quite sure what is happening with Alexander Gustafsson’s at the moment.  Aside from Glover Teixeira taking on newcomer Jared Cannonier next month, the division’s elite are not fighting any time soon.

Finally this week we received word that 2 more light heavyweight fights will be in our near future. The UFC reported that Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Gian Villante will do battle in Fortaleza, Brazil on March 11.

Earlier today, Flo Combat’s Jim Edwards broke the news of Corey Anderson fighting Jimi Manuwa. Their fight takes place a week later in London, England on March 18.

Let’s hope there are no injuries and we get to see fights in the division that was once the most stacked in all MMA.