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Heavyweight division has big openings for a new star in a few years

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With almost an entire division aging, and no top ten contender under the age of 31, there are wide open prospects for young heavyweight fighters in UFC.

On November 12, 2011, the UFC had its biggest event ever on U.S. television, the first FOX network live special, headlined by its two best heavyweights, Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, battling for the championship.

Some 8.8 million viewers on FOX — as well as another 700,000 watching on Fox Sports Deportes — watched what turned out to be a one-minute fight. In the battle of fighters who had each concealed recent knee injuries, Dos Santos landed a hard right and Velasquez was done in 64 seconds. The two have met twice more since then, both brutal destructions by Velasquez. In hindsight, either would have would have made for a far better network television debut than the first.

Four years later and after three fights against each other, Dos Santos and Velasquez are the division’s two best young stars.

That sounds silly to say in combat sports, when Dos Santos is 31 and Velasquez is 33, but that’s the state of the current heavyweight division.

In MMA, each division has its own fingerprints and necessary ….View original article

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