NEW YORK POST – JAI BEDNALL
It should be the meanest of the mean. A land filled with the most frightening men in the most violent sport in the world.
But for several years the UFC’s heavyweight ranks have been the domain of far too many soft-bellied old men whose talent level doesn’t compare to the elite fighters that fill pretty much every other division.
There are some exceptions at the very pointy end — and champion Stipe Miocic holds his own with any belt-wearer in the promotion.
But for the most part, the heavyweight division has been perilously thin since the late 2000s when Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos ruled in what was seen as a golden era for heavyweights.
How thin? Alexander Volkov (don’t apologize if you’ve never heard of him) entered the UFC after losing his last two fights in Bellator but is already ranked seventh after decision wins against Tim Johnson and Roy Nelson and a stoppage of Stefan Struve.