Much like in boxing, the heavyweight division in MMA is seriously lacking in depth. Reigning UFC champion Cain Velasquez clearly has the number of his biggest threat Junior Dos Santos after decisively winning the last two of their three fights thus far. After JDS the contenders are hopeful at best.
Right at the head, or not too far from the front, of this pack of hopefuls stands former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei the Pitbull Arlovski. A personal favourite of mine for a period in the mid-2000s, (thanks in part to his fang mouthshield) but a fighter who it seemed had moved well past his peak and was doomed to scrap it out on the smaller promotions.
He all but begged his way back in to the UFC and after his dreary split decision win over Brendan Schaub it seemed his stay would be a short one. Then he goes and knocks out Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in the first round, displaying the footwork, hand speed and excellent striking technique which made him a fan favourite during his first stint in the UFC.
It may be more a slight on the division that the 35-year old Belarusian can get right back in to contention for a title shot after just two fights back with the organisation but he bloody well has.