After a two and a half-year layoff, Justin McCully is back and will be making his second trip back into the cage for Resurrection Fighting Alliance. The drive to compete and to test himself is what drew him back to fighting, after going just 2-2 in the UFC. The recently turned 36-year-old didn’t know what to expect when he got back in that cage, on December 16th, to face Justin Grizzard. What he got was a TKO win, a date to fight Derrick Lewis at RFA 2 and the confidence in knowing that he can still perform at a high level in MMA.
Having fought in the UFC with the heavyweight landscape was completely different; it only made sense to get Justin’s thoughts on the current crop of UFC heavyweights. “Well, I think any of us can beat any of us, I really do, but I think at the end of the day the UFC roster, the heavyweight division especially, needs some attention.”, said McCully. Justin feels like the UFC is focusing more on the lower weight classes and not really working to improve the Heavyweight division.
A specific improvement he would like to see implemented is a Cruiserweight Division that would split the Heavyweight roster in half. To Justin’s point, the weight range for Heavyweights goes from 206 to 265 which is the broadest range of any weight class. Successes from the likes of lesser weight Heavyweights like Dos Santos and Velasquez show that lighter weight guys can excel in the land of giants, but they may be the exception instead of the rule.
Speaking of giants, former UFC Heavyweight Champ, Tim Sylvia recent comments that he could beat 80% of the current UFC Heavyweight roster has stoked some flames within the MMA community. McCully doesn’t completely disagree with Sylvia but he though 100% sure of one thing. “Do I agree with Tim that he could beat most of those guys out there? Maybe, but he can’t beat me, I know that. I think the Heavyweight division in the UFC needs some controversy and needs to be shaken up a bit.” Justin mentioned that he wouldn’t mind facing Sylvia down the road, but for now, his focus is on Derrick Lewis.
The final chapter hasn’t been written on Justin McCully. The energy he has for the sport and for life definitely shown through during the interview. The next page in the story of Justin McCully will be written on March 30th, in Kearney, Nebraska, when he goes toe to toe with a man, in Derrick Lewis, that has never been finished.
Where does a win over Lewis propel The Insane One? Does he fight for a belt in RFA? Does he get a super fight with Sylvia? Does he get that call back to the “Big Dance” as he calls the UFC? Without the crystal ball handy I can’t see into the future, but my gut tells me we’ll probably be seeing Justin McCully in a few more cages. To listen to the full interview with Justin McCully on Pure Adrenaline Radio, check out the archive on MMAValor.com.
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