Rant With Us: Which UFC Champion is most likely to lose next?

The UFC has reached an era of dominance, it has developed into the
biggest brand in MMA and is home to the greatest fighters from all
over the world. The champions at time seem completely unbeatable
leaving us fans wondering “Who the [explicit] is going to beat
him!” We find ourselves drooling over the mere thought or
possibility of dream match ups like GSP vs Anderson Silva or Anderson
Silva vs Jon Jones because for some reason we as fans do not want to
see people dominate and clean out a whole division what we really want
is to see the seemingly undefeatable get defeated. We ask Who is going
to beat GSP? Who is going to beat AS? Who is going to beat Jon Jones?
Although those three fighters rule over their Division with an Iron
Fist the same can be said for the other UFC Champions. Dominic Cruz
has a strangle hold on the Bantam Weight Division, Jose Aldo is ranked
in the top 5 P4P champion in MMA and Frankie Edgar is proving to
overcome adversity every single time he fights. The only division in
the UFC up in the air is the Heavyweight division where JDS just
snagged the belt from Cain Velasquez on the UFC on Fox 1 event but
even being the newest champion one can argue that he is going to
dominate his division for a long time as well.

The average time as champion for all champions in the UFC/WEC (Aldo &
Cruz) is roughly 2 years and 2 months, the 7 UFC Champions racked up a
total 29 title defenses and hold a combined record of 135-10-1. Only
two challengers were able to become champions in 2011 and now one of
them quickly rising to become No 1 P4P Champion and that is Jon Jones
by defeating Shogun Rua in March, the other one of course is JDS who
recently defeated Cain Velasquez. All of these figures lead to the
question I raised earlier and we are now all wondering “Who is going
to beat these guys”? It seems unlikely now that any one of them will
be defeated any time soon but if we cannot put our finger on someone
who is at least the most likely to be dethroned next?

This is purely opinion based so my opinion might differ from yours,
but I’m gonna do might best to weigh which UFC Champion is most
likely to lose next. Please keep that in mind while reading this blog
post.

Bantam Weight Champion Dominick Cruz
Cruz has quickly risen to the most dominant Bantamweight Champion in
the UFC. His Championship reign has spanned from becoming the WEC
Champion to defeating Urijah Faber to unify the UFC Bantamweight
Championship. With the UFC opening up a new division for 125 pound
fighters many Bantamweights are looking to drop down in competition
taking a lot of depth away from the Bantamweight Division and less
competition for the Champion. Next up for Cruz is the rubber match
with Urijah Faber. Faber earned his rematch by defeating Brian Bowles
at UFC 139, Faber believes he is the better fighter of the two and
will be looking to defeat Dominic Cruz and become the next
Bantamweight Champion. Faber is truly Cruz’s toughest challenger in
my opinion, nobody else in the division matches up to Cruz’s speed
and wrestling like Faber does. When the two clash for the third time
it is very likely that a new champion will be named in the
Bantamweight Division but I’m not sure if he is the MOST likely to
lose his belt first.

Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo
Aldo has fought his way to the top 5 pound for pound fighters in the
world. Like the Bantamweight Champion Dominic Cruz, Aldo’s reign
started in the WEC. His skill set has yet to be matched by any
Featherweight Challenger and is not showing any signs of slowing down.
Aldo is coming off a win against Kenny Florian who some people thought
had the best chance and the most skill to defeat the Featherweight
Champion, next in line is Chad Mendes who has been tearing through the
Featherweight division in route to his first Championship bout.
Although Jose Aldo is the next champion to defend his title when he
fights Chad Mendes at UFC 142 but I’m highly doubtful that Mendes
would be the one to defeat Jose Aldo. However maybe there is someone
who is champion of another division that could do the job. As for
current Featherweights I think Aldo has made it very clear that he is
the King of the division. At least for now.

Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar
Edgar is ranked somewhere in the top 5 pound for pound champions, his
win against Gray Maynard had him ranked number 2 behind Silva
according to Dana White. However that may have changed since Dana
White put Jon Jones number 2 after he won against Lyoto Machida, so
that makes him 3? or 4? anyways he’s somewhere in the top 5. But
what puts him so high in the P4P list is that he’s clearly the
smaller fighter every time he fights and yet he’s still the
Champion. Frankie Edgar continues to fight through adversity coming
out on top each time. Next up for Edgar is Benson Henderson a big
strong Lightweight that has been dominating his last 3 fights making
him the Number 1 Contender. This is going to be a really tough fight
for Edgar against a very well rounded much bigger challenger. Edgar
will be next after Aldo to defend his Championship and looking forward
to UFC 144 in Japan I honestly can’t give this fight to anyone yet I
can see Edgar winning if he doesn’t get hurt early but that’s a
big if when fighting Benson Henderson who is a savage.

Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre
Unfortunately GSP is out for the next 9-12 months so with that I think
he is the least likely to lose his championship first. If you don’t
defend your championship you can’t lose it. Even though he has the
winner of the Interim Championship fight between Nick Diaz and Carlos
Condit waiting for their shot at him they still have to wait for GSP
to recover from his Knee Injury.

Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva
The longest reigning champion in history Anderson Silva is recovering
from shoulder surgery but while he recovers Chael Sonnen and Mark
Munoz will battle it out for the Number 1 Contender spot and will be
next to fight Silva. Anderson Silva is the greatest Champion the UFC
has ever had, he has defended his belt 9 times and has easily won all
but 1 title defense that being when he squeaked out a triangle choke
on Chael Sonnen. He is hands down the most skilled fighter in the UFC
and proves his dominance every single time. His next opponent will be
decided on UFC on Fox 2 but whether it be Sonnen or Munoz I’m not
sure if either of those will be able to defeat Silva. Sonnen came
close before but he first has to get through Munoz.

Light heavyweight Champion Jon Jones
Jon Jones has been on a UFC run of epic proportions, he has dismantled
every opponent that has been unlucky enough to get locked in the cage
with him. He has beaten 3 top 10 fighters in his last 3 fights and has
come out unscathed each time. Honestly I do not like Jon Jones but
there is no doubting this kids abilities the way he is defeating all
of the best guys in his division its almost scary. However there are a
few guys out there who might give him a good fight or maybe beat him,
Dan Henderson being one and Rashad Evans being another. Following his
UFC 140 Title Defense there is still no new challenger for Jon Jones.

Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos
He made his title run count as he defeated Cain Velasquez in front of
a national audience on UFC on Fox 1 with a Knock Out in the first
round. Junior Dos Santos is a boxing specialist that has been
unstoppable on his rise to the Heavyweight Throne. Next in line for
JDS is either Brock Lesnar or Alistair Overeem and that will be
decided at UFC 141 right before this years end. If Lesnar wins I’m
willing to say he has no chance to beat JDS however if Overeem wins he
has a better chance since it’ll turn into a stand up match where
Overeem is one of the best Kick boxers in the world. However JDS is
also recovering from surgery so there is no set date yet as to when
JDS will defend his Belt for the first time.

So there you have it, my take on the current Champions and their next
challengers. Now that I’ve laid out a brief background on each
Champion, I’m ready to give you my pick on which one of the UFC
Champions is most likely to lose next. After putting great thought
into this, I’m still reluctant but my unbiased pick is sadly Frankie
Edgar.

Here’s why I chose Frankie Edgar, First of all chronologically he is
second behind Jose Aldo to defend his Championship. Lets be honest I
think its gonna take a miracle for Chad Mendes to beat Jose Aldo even
if you gave Mendes a baseball bat. So with that said, Edgar is next to
defend when he fights Benson Henderson at UFC 144 and its going to be
Edgar’s toughest challenger yet. I’m not saying that Frankie Edgar
couldn’t beat Benson Henderson I’m just saying that for being one
of the first Champions to defend and the biggest challenge to overcome
I’m putting him at most likely to lose first. There is good news
though, lets just say hypothetically that Edgar does lose. A lot of
people including myself say that Edgar would do much better in the
Featherweight division where he would fight guys his own size. I do
think that he could beat Jose Aldo and he could reign in the
Featherweight Division for longer than the Lightweight Division.

Remember at the beginning of this blog post I said that this was my
opinion? Well now I want to hear yours! In your eyes what UFC Champion
do you think is most likely to lose?

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