The UFC’s light-heavyweight division is one of the most competitive weight classes in the promotion, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Here are the top five light-heavyweights in the UFC right now.
1. Jon “Bones” Jones (17-1-0)
With no close second in sight, Jones has established himself as the top dog at 205 pounds, successfully defending his belt against four former champions in a one year period. The craziest part of it all is the fact Jones still has a lot to learn, so he’ll only get more dangerous with time.
2. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (18-3-0)
Machida gave Bones his toughest test at UFC 140, and the Brazilian is the biggest threat to Jones’ reign. His unorthodox striking techniques make him a tough puzzle for most opponents to figure out, and I wouldn’t mind watching him get a second crack at Jones.
3. Rashad “Suga” Evans (17-2-1)
Evans is arguably the best wrestler in the division, and he’s also turned into a decent striker over the years. Evans looked particularly impressive during his last outing against Phil Davis, beating the then undefeated prospect at his own game. Rashad is clearly a force to be reckoned with at 205 pounds, and it’s only a matter of time before he works his way back to title contention.
4. Dan “Hendo” Henderson (29-8-0)
Henderson has already accomplished a lot in MMA, and the 42 year-old is still one of the top light-heavyweights in the world. His right hand is still as dangerous as ever, making it hard to count him out against any opponent at 205 pounds.
5. Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (14-1-0)
Gustafsson has won six of his seven fights in the UFC, and the 25 year olds’ future in the promotion looks bright. He’ll be in for a tough challenge when he faces Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at “UFC on Fox 5,” but he has all the tools needed to pass the test in flying colors.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.