Light Heavyweight – December 2011
The Light Heavyweight Division is full of talent and sitting on the top of this group is the youngest UFC Champion in its history, Jon Jones.
1. Jon Jones – He’s about to have his 4th fight of 2011 when he defends the title against Lyoto Machida on Dec 10. There was a time when every light heavy on the UFC roster thought that there was more hype than talent on the Jon Jones train…and now he’s #2 on the MMANonstop P4P list. A win next weekend will also all but cement him as the Fighter of the Year.
2. Rashad Evans – Evans is expected to face Phil Davis on Jan 28 on the UFC on Fox 2 in the first full fight card to be promoted on network TV for the company. Rashad is getting back in line for his title shot, and a win over Davis in front of a national audience is the exact lead-in that Dana White would like to be able to promote in a future PPV headliner.
3. Dan Henderson – Fight of the Year does not start to describe the epic brawl that Hendo put on with Shogun in November. After the back and forth battle that gave him the unanimous decision win, the rumor mill is full of Hendo vs. Jones, and Hendo vs. Anderson Silva rumblings. Supposedly Dana White has given Henderson his choice of champions for his next fight.
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – He arguably won the fight against Dan Henderson on Nov 19, but regardless of the outcome, Shogun has made a case for being one of, if not THE, toughest fighter on the UFC roster. He took everything Hendo could dish out, and found a way to handily win round 5. Epic battle, epic fighter. He has earned his rest, but we are eagerly anticipating his return to the octagon.
5. Lyoto Machida –term paper writing
n> Dec 10 is a defining moment for Lyoto Machida. He has definitely gotten a big jump in competition after his 2nd round Karate Kid Kick victory over Randy Couture. He will need to access every bit of elusiveness and striking prowess to defeat the LH juggernaut champion.