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Lesnar, Carwin, And The Case For Cruiserweights?


This post has been done before so I'm not going in deeply about the possible need for a 220lbs (or so).  I don't even know if I like the idea, but there is no greater disparity right now in size in MMA than between heavyweight and light heavyweight.  Here is a quick list of the UFC fighters who could be included in this weight class

  • Randy Couture
  •  Cain Velasquez
  • Forrest Griffin
  • Ryan Bader
  • Keith Jardine
  • Junior Dos Santos
  • Rogerio Nogiuera
  • Rodrigo Nogiuera
  • Mirko Cro Cop.

There have been giant heavyweights in MMA before, but never with the speed and skill there is now.  I nearly every instance I can think of when a small HW fights a big HW, the big guy won (with the exception of Rothwell vs. Cain).  Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin are just the start of what I think is the beginning of some mosterous heavyweights with skills - Brandon Schaub, Shane Del Rossario, Cole Konrad, Stefan Struve, Todd Duffee, Chris Tuscherer - these prospects are in the mold of Carwin and Lesnar and I just do not believe that however skilled these smaller HWs are, they will get smothered by Lesnar or overpowered by Carwin.  When you look at Tim Sylvia or Ben Rothwell, you see the older heavyweights, more plodding and relying on punching rather than a Lesnar who has skills all over the place.  

A cruiserweight division could be good for MMA if done right.  It will help real talented fighters who are too big for LHW (the weight cut is killer) but just aren't big enough for the big heavyweights to have a weight class where their talents and abilities can be fully realized.  I feel like eventually some of these guys (like Dos Santos and Velasquez) will eventually hit a wall in these massive skilled fighters.  

I could be wrong.  Probably am.  But what are your thoughts on this?

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