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UFC’s Cain Velasquez Needs Stronger Opponents To Excite Heavyweight Division

Gary A. Vasquez — USA TODAY Sports

The UFC needs quality heavyweights. What should be the most popular division in the sport is among the least exciting with few, if any, household names fighting in the sport’s marquee division.

There’s the UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, but who’s left after that? Velasquez is about to rematch with the No. 1 contender Junior Dos Santos, a guy he annihilated the last time they fought. Velasquez just beat Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva for the second time, in a fight where Silva looked totally out of his league.

Frank Mir is not as good as he used to be. Brock Lesnar is retired. Silva’s lucky streak is over. Alistair Overeem seems to have lost his mojo. Roy Nelson just lost to Stipe Miocic. Daniel Cormier seems more interested in gimmick fights than actually fighting Velasquez for the title.

About the most exciting fighter in the heavyweight division is the just-signed Josh Barnett, but he couldn’t do much with Cormier when the two fight in the finals of the Strikeforce Grand Prix.

Fabricio Werdum, the first man to beat the great Fedor Emelianenko, is hanging out there, but no one really expects him to beat Velasquez or any other top heavyweight.  Travis Browne just beat Overeem. Browne may have the most potential in a fight with Velasquez, but Browne isn’t perfect either, having been KO’d by Silva. Unfortunately Lesnar retired too early, otherwise he would have enjoyed a long career as a big draw in the UFC.

The UFC’s best bet to light up the heavyweight division is for Jon Jones to act his size and move up to fight the heavyweights. Jones is 6-foot-4 and could probably beat half of the UFC guys in the top 10 with ease. The UFC is stacked in the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, but the UFC heavyweight division needs some flair — someone who can create some excitement in the division.

Right now, the biggest excitement is whether Velasquez can knock Dos Santos out next time.

Joshua Molina is a mixed martial arts and pro wrestling writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JECMolina and add him to your network on Google.