Heavyweight division - Sort it out

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jjeans
9/20/14 6:17:40AM
Sean Shelby and Joe Silva have just been fired, a miracle cure's been found for all the fighters injuries, guys like Nate Diaz are no longer complaining about money and all schelduded matchups have been cancelled. The division you've been put in charge of is the lightweight division.

Below are 28 fighters, your job is to make 14 matchups:
List should be order in distance the winner is from the title shot

Feel free to put things like - Pink Slip fight (loser gets fired) or anything creative next to some fights.

Cain Velasquez (c)
Fabricio Wedrum
Junior Dos Santos
Travis Browne
Mark Hunt
Josh Barnett
Stipe Miocic
Andrei Arlovski
Ben Rothwell
Roy Nelson
Antonio Silva
Alistair Overeem
Matt Mitrione
Frank Mir
Brendan Schaub
Big Nog
Stefan Struve
Alexey Oleinik
Gabriel Gonzaga
Jared Rosholt
Todd Duffee
Derrick Lewis
Ruslan Magomedov
Shawn Jordan
Soa Palelei
Anthony Hamilton
Antonio Carlos Jr
Brandon Vera
jjeans
9/20/14 7:24:53AM
Championship Fight: Cain vs Wedrum

Number 1 Contender: Hunt vs Arlovski

Number 2 Contender: Browne vs Miocic

Number 3 Contender: Barnett vs JDS

4: Bigfoot vs Rothwell

5: Overeem vs Nelson

6: Big Nog vs Struve - Loser Retires

7: Mitrione vs Rosholt

8: Gonzaga vs Oleinik

9: Schaub vs Mir - Pink Slip Fight

10: Duffee vs Palelei

11: Jordan vs Magomedov

12: Lewis vs Hamilton

13: Carlos Jr vs Vera - Lightheavyweight bout

Note:
Nothing like a gimmick heavyweight fight and seeing AA or Hunt in a title fight would make me so happy.

Up and comers over experience in the 2&3 fights. Barnett and JDS need to show they've worked on there weaknesses.

This divisions always been really weak but Overeem still in the top 5 contender fights even confuses me.
emfleek
9/20/14 8:54:15AM
Vera got cut like 6 months ago - didn't he?
Boo_Radley21
9/20/14 10:45:22AM

Posted by emfleek

Vera got cut like 6 months ago - didn't he?



spoil sport...

Cain Velasquez (c) vs Fabricio Werdum

Junior Dos Santos vs Andrei Arlovski

Travis Browne vs Ben Rothwell

Mark Hunt vs Stipe Miocic

Josh Barnett vs Antonio Silva

Roy Nelson vs Matt Mitrione

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Big Nog

Brendan Schaub vs Todd Duffee

Stefan Struve vs Frank mir


I removed 8 guys for lack of knowing them.
prozacnation1978
9/20/14 12:46:55PM
top 5

cain vs werdum

jds vs browne

miocic vs hunt

bigfoot vs nelson

mir vs arlovski
FastKnockout
9/20/14 12:55:24PM
Cain Valesquez vs. Fabricio Werdum - Heavyweight Championship

Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell - #1 Contender

Andrei Arlovski vs. Mark Hunt - #2 Contender

Junior dos Santos vs. Jared Rosholt - #3 Contender

Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva - Rematch

Alistair Overeem vs. Josh Barnett

Roy Nelson vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Frank Mir vs. Stefan Struve

Big Nog vs. Alexey Oleinik

Brendan Schaub vs. Brandon Vera

Matt Mitrione vs. Soa Palelei

Todd Duffee vs. Derrick Lewis

Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Megomedov

Anthony Hamilton vs. Antonio Carlos Jr.

SpiderSilva
9/20/14 4:06:46PM
I want hunt vs AA


just so we can see hunt get his shot.
tildengolfer
9/20/14 5:08:53PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

top 5

cain vs werdum

jds vs browne

miocic vs hunt

bigfoot vs nelson

mir vs arlovski



Mir v AA?

Am I missing somthing here? Did Mir all of a sudden become a title contender after 4 straight losses?
tildengolfer
9/20/14 5:21:52PM
Title: Cain Velasquez (c) v Fabricio Wedrum
Next Shot: Mark Hunt v Andrei Arlovski
Junior Dos Santos v Stipe Miocic (JDS needs to really earn a trilogy fight with Cain)
Travis Browne v Ben Rothwell (See if Ben is really that good)
Josh Barnett v Gabriel Gonzaga
Roy Nelson v Antonio Silva (redemption fight for both guys to get back to the win column)
Alistair Overeem v Jared Rosholt (I just wanna see Overeem out of the UFC, a loss here will do that)
Matt Mitrione v Frank Mir (Mir retires if he loses)
Big Nog v Stefan Struve (Big Nog retires if he loses)
Todd Duffee v Brendan Schaub (to see is Duffy is fully healthy and ready to continue fighting)
Alexey Oleinik v Brandon Vera
Shawn Jordan v Soa Palelei
Derrick Lewis v Anthony Hamilton
Ruslan Magomedov v Antonio Carlos Jr
Ukrainian
9/24/14 2:04:17PM
My two favorite heavyweights are Travis Browne and Matt Mitrione. I would love to see them take on anyone, I actually believe a fight between the two would be great. But that's my dumb opinion.
tildengolfer
9/24/14 2:50:19PM

Posted by Ukrainian

My two favorite heavyweights are Travis Browne and Matt Mitrione. I would love to see them take on anyone, I actually believe a fight between the two would be great. But that's my dumb opinion.



I get the Browne likability, but Meat Head? WHY!? He runs his mouth, compares himself to Dominick Cruz and thinks very highly of himself. Extremely unlikeable. He has wins, but once he tried to break the top 10, he suffers big time. Wins over Hague, Beltran, Morecraft, De Fries, Jordan, and Lewis, but takes his losses against a step up in competition, Nelson, Kongo, and Schaub. BTW how is Mitrione ranked 15th? He lost to Schaub, who isn't even ranked himself...
Ukrainian
9/24/14 3:03:35PM

Posted by tildengolfer


Posted by Ukrainian

My two favorite heavyweights are Travis Browne and Matt Mitrione. I would love to see them take on anyone, I actually believe a fight between the two would be great. But that's my dumb opinion.



I get the Browne likability, but Meat Head? WHY!? He runs his mouth, compares himself to Dominick Cruz and thinks very highly of himself. Extremely unlikeable. He has wins, but once he tried to break the top 10, he suffers big time. Wins over Hague, Beltran, Morecraft, De Fries, Jordan, and Lewis, but takes his losses against a step up in competition, Nelson, Kongo, and Schaub. BTW how is Mitrione ranked 15th? He lost to Schaub, who isn't even ranked himself...



Why do I like Meathead? I love the fact that he smiles at his opponents as he fights. I really don't care if he runs his mouth. I just like his laid back attitude. I liked him and his mind games on TUF. And I like his fighting style. I enjoyed him kicking the crap out of Kimbo. I have my weird reasons. :)
prozacnation1978
9/24/14 5:08:19PM

Posted by tildengolfer


Posted by prozacnation1978

top 5

cain vs werdum

jds vs browne

miocic vs hunt

bigfoot vs nelson

mir vs arlovski



Mir v AA?

Am I missing somthing here? Did Mir all of a sudden become a title contender after 4 straight losses?




Just for nostalgia purposes.

I would love to see that heavyweight title fight between them 10 years ago that never happened
TheShaman
9/25/14 7:24:03PM
Velasquez vs Werdum
Miocic vs Dos Santos
Hunt vs Browne
Barnett vs Arlovski
Rothwell vs Silva
Schaub vs Overeem
Mir vs Mitrione
Nog vs Struve
Gonzoga vs Vera
Rosholt vs Oleinik
Lewis vs Jordan


Dos Santos would need to eliminate two other contenders to earn another shot unless Velasquez loses the title, whereupon Dos Santos could challenge the new belt holder. The trilogy would take place if Cain worked his way back to the title. Otherwise, Dos Santos would be like Cain's personal gatekeeper, which is almost what it would take to earn another shot at him.

Miocic would get the next shot if he beat Dos Santos, no matter who is the champion.

Hunt or Browne would need another title elimination fight after each other.

Arlovski rising, Barnett in a stall, both fighters get thrown in different directions (up and down) from this fight of "old school" opponents. Both would need another elimination fight, possibly with the Hunt/Browne winner.

Does Rothwell deserve to be this high in the list, or does Silva deserve to stay this high... This fight determines that in a mega-sized match-up.

Time for Schaub to prove he can hang near the top, or Overeem to prove he's not a deflated hype balloon.

Same as above, but Mitrione gets the more deflated opponent (sadly) since he lost to Schaub.

Will this be Nog's last fight, or will Struve seem to have lost a spark.

Vera may finally get the chance to have an at-distance striking match in a fight involving what I consider to be two underrated strikers, perhaps deciding which fighter will forever remain off the top ten list.

The other matches just make sense, and I don't feel qualified to match the remaining fighters.
Pookie
9/25/14 7:50:39PM
Cain Velasquez v. Fabricio Wedrum

Mark Hunt v. Arlovski
Travis Browne v. Junior Dos Santos
Barnett v. Stipe Miocic

Bigfoot v. Nelson
Rothwell v. Mitrione
Undereem v. Gonzaga

Mir v. Nog 3
Struve v. Schaub

The rest get no preference whatsoever

Anyone blocked together would serve as replacement fighters due to injuries.
Ukrainian
9/26/14 6:29:41PM

Posted by Pookie

Cain Velasquez v. Fabricio Wedrum

Mark Hunt v. Arlovski
Travis Browne v. Junior Dos Santos
Barnett v. Stipe Miocic

Bigfoot v. Nelson
Rothwell v. Mitrione
Undereem v. Gonzaga

Mir v. Nog 3
Struve v. Schaub

The rest get no preference whatsoever

Anyone blocked together would serve as replacement fighters due to injuries.



Hahahaha you called him Undereem...
jjeans
9/28/14 3:42:26PM
Pleased that I'm not the only person wanting to see AA v Hunt. Even more surprised that I'm not alone in wanting to see the winner in a title fight!