The light heavyweight division in the UFC is one of the deepest the promotion has. Jon “Bones” Jones lit the MMA world on fire last year by fighting a staggering four times, three of which were title bouts. Jones seems to be unstoppable, but that hasn’t kept his challengers from wanting to take the newest sensation in MMA down a peg or two.
Rashad Evans will be facing Phil Davis as the main event for the UFC on FOX 2 event on Saturday, which could decide who squares off against Jones next. There have also been rumors of Dan Henderson being a possible opponent for “Bones”, but at this point nothing has been solidified.
With all of this activity, it certainly poses more questions than there are answers about the 205 pound division. There are some other fighters that are climbing the ladder that could grab some attention in the coming months.
Alexander Gustafsson comes to mind first, but another competitor that has been absent from action for a spell could shake things up in the weight class. Thiago Silva is nearing the end of his one year suspension, and is set to make his return to the octagon. If there is one word to describe Thiago, it would be scary. Silva is an animal in the cage, and has always displayed a kill or be killed attitude while competing.
For now fans can speculate as to who Thiago will be matched-up against when he does return to action. Gustafsson will be facing ‘Little Nog’ as the headliner for the upcoming UFC on Fuel event in Sweden, and one could make a case for Silva fighting either the winner, or the loser of that bout. Some would also argue that Silva may not deserve such a high-profile match-up in his return bout, but as we have all witnessed in the past, Thiago can pretty much hang with anybody in the division.
Silva’s record currently stands at 14-2, with eleven KO’s to his credit and last fought as UFC 125 against Brandon Vera. Always an exciting fighter to watch, Silva now prepares to make his presence known once more in the UFC light heavyweight division.