The UFC Heavyweight division perhaps, lacks the most depth of any division. Sure the Men’s Flyweight and Woman’s bantamweight might actually be the shallowest of divisions, but then again, they are both fairly new divisions in the UFC. I’ve scouted the talent available out there and there is more than enough to add depth to the division. This is only Part 1!
Sergei Kharitonov – There has been an invasion of Russians in the UFC of late, with some looking like early contenders in Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rustam Khabilov. So, why hasn’t one of the best Russian Heavyweights for some time, not yet graced the Octagon? And, with notable wins such as Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski and Pedro Rizzo, it makes you wonder how guys like Walt Harris (no offense) are in the UFC and guys like Sergei Kharitonov are not? Well, Kharitonov has an upcoming bout against a prospect in Tyler East (KOTC Heavyweight Champion), who has not lost since 2010 and is riding a seven fight win streak, six of which come via finish. A win for Kharitonov would solidify him as the best Heavyweight not in the UFC. And, there are just too many fun fights for Kharitonov not to be in the UFC, could you imagine striking battles with Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson or Junior Dos Santos? Legendary…
Andrei Arlovski – I almost excluded the once UFC champion from a return, but with Anthony “Rumble” Johnson returning to the UFC and WSOF waiving the matching process, it could happen. Now, I think Arlovski has a little more work to do, but he certainly has had a career resurgence of late and has proved he is no longer “chinny”. A term often used after a four fight losing streak, three of which ended by knockout. Anyways, with the UFC expanding worldwide and soon in Poland and Turkey, the Belarusian could be of assistance.
Damian Grabowski – Sporting a solid 19-1 record, it’s odd to see how Grabowski has yet to have a chance in the UFC. However, he has fought for Bellator, where he received his only defeat to the now retired and undefeated ex-Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad. But, since then, Grabowski has tallied six wins in a row, four via finish. And, during the winning streak, has defeated notables such as Joaquim Ferreira (defeated Junior Dos Santos), Eddie Sanchez (UFC Veteran), Dave Huckaba (Recently defeated Ray Sefo), Stav Economou (Prospect) and Kenny Garner (Former M-1 Global champion). An upcoming fight against a touted prospect in Marcin Tybura could be a statement fight for Grabowski to finally get noticed. Also, with the UFC heading to Poland, some Polish star power could help sell tickets for sure.