The light heavyweight division, contested at 205lbs, has long been the marquee division of MMA. Who can forget the early UFC rivalries of Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfort? Or their contemporaries in Pride FC – Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Rampage and Alistair Overeem. These names came to define MMA for an entire decade.
Later the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones era came along, as the controversial fighter took on and destroyed all contenders present, past, and future. And now with Jones setting his sights on the heavyweight division, it presents a perfect opportunity for a new crop of light-heavyweight talent to emerge.
Light-heavyweights combine the heavyweight power with the speed, cardio, and agility of the lighter weight classes, making this one of the more exciting divisions in MMA to watch.
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