What’s next for the UFC Light Heavyweight Division?

In the wake of UFC 214, we have a new light heavyweight champion in Jon Jones with an impressive victory over Daniel Cormier knocking him out in the third round. Jones looked like he hasn’t lost a beat and with rumors of a superfight between Jones and Brock Lesnar looming it begs the question what should be next for the light heavyweight division if the Lesnar fight doesn’t happen.

Jimi Manuwa vs Glover Teixeira: Both men are coming off a loss, they were meant to face off at UFC 208, but the fight was scrapped, Teixeira went on to defeat Jared Cannonier by decision while Manuwa knocked out Corey Anderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 107 in London. Manuwa is a former UCMMA light heavyweight champion while Teixeira doesn’t have many belts to his name but plenty of accolades. Both are around the same age, Teixeira has more experience and has more of a ground game than Manuwa aswell both of them having a great KO record; this makes for an interesting fight.

Daniel Cormier vs Volkan Oezdemir: At UFC 214 we saw a rematch between former champion Jones and Cormier. I would like to see part 3, but not yet, perhaps in a year or 2, given Cormier’s age, the fight could possibly be his swan song. Oezdemir was victorious the same night with an impressive first round KO, the second in a row for him. Cormier has faced hard-hitters and impressively overcame Rumble Johnson twice and took some of his best hits, while Oezdemir could very well be someone you see fighting for the title soon.

Title Fight: Jon Jones (c) vs Mauricio Shogun Rua: I know most of you thought I was going to go with Gustafsson, but the fact is he just got engaged and also became a father recently so he wants to take a bit of time off which is understandable. I know Shogun doesn’t have the perfect record he once had, however he is considered a legend in the sport, has huge marketability to the Brazilian audience. Plus, he is a former light heavyweight champion and when he lost the belt, that was the start of Jones’s reign. There is a redemption story to be told here. Despite his win/loss record since Jones, he has managed to stay near the top in the division’s ranking’s and who knows how many fights he has left.

The winner of Manuwa/Teixeira vs the winner of Cormier/Oezdemir.
The winner of Jones/Shogun vs Gustafsson.
The winner of Jones/Shogun/Gustafsson should then face the winner of Manuwa/Teixeira/Cormier/Oezdemir.

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