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Divisions are cyclical much like everything in life. 2019 will see the year pay attention to the 205ers like they haven’t in a long time. While you can say the lightweight division is the most stacked; it’s the light heavyweights that’ll shine bright. Lets start at the top. Whether champ (till Jon and Gus get locked in a cage)DANIEL CORMIER, keeps his mandate to retire in March is inconsequential. Although if he were to stick around a tad longer he’d face the toughest, most widely skilled group he’s ever faced. Add the fact he still has to deal with the killers at heavyweight; albeit at this stage it’s where he truly belongs. To be the best of the best you need extreme belief and ego. Should he actually go through with the trilogy vs JON JONES for his health, and best shot it should be at heavyweight. He’s gone on record though saying he’d want it at 205. Like it or not DC; Jon has a huge advantage there.

Trials and tribulations aside; Jon’s the most complete, talented fighter at 205, period. But his opponent next Saturday; ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON is the tiniest of margins right below him. People have questioned who he’s beat. But the truth is you can only beat who’s in the cage with you, and frankly most believe he beat Jon the 1st time. His striking is solid, and in his time away from the octagon you’d think its gotten crisper (cage rust not withstanding). On the ground is he a larger DEMIAN MAIA? Absolutely not, he’s serviceable though; as is his wrestling. Both ANTHONY SMITH and THIAGO SANTOS  have become reborn monsters from 185. Which should prove to EVERY SINGLE FIGHTER – FIGHTING CLOSER TO NATURAL WEIGHT IS SMARTER. Anthony may be the more well rounded of those 2; but the power in both hands of Santos is the great equalizer. The parity in the middle of the pack is razor thin. ILIR LATIFI‘s wrestling, OSP‘s ground game, REYES is slowly building something special is solid everywhere while he’s still learning himself. That’ll come in time, remember he’s still just 28. BLACHOWICZ, and MANUWA are right there too. It would be interesting to see if 2 more than solid fighters; VOLKAN “NO TIME” OEZDEMIR and COREY “OVERTIME” ANDERSON ever clash to see who gets past by time.

Now it’s well;….. time, to add new blood too. LUKE ROCKHOLD is ready to jump into this pool. While he’s one of the complete packages at 185; we’ll have to see if it transfers up. But it should. And he’ll be bad news for a lot of guys at 205. YOEL ROMERO; the definition of the word freak, has toyed with the idea of coming up. After losing to JACARE; whispers were CHRIS WEIDMAN was moving also. Add those 3 in 2019, plus any of the unranked going on a hot streak; and the light heavyweights could be story of the year for 2019.


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