The recent pink slips handed to heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and Alistar Overeem might have what the old 'what-if' juices flowing.
JDS had his day in the sun and held the UFC heavyweight belt respectfully where the Reem just never hit paydirt. It would be hard to hone in on the factors that contribute to the bride's main vs. bride phenomenon that can be prevalent in MMA. It is amplified at heavyweight where the longest winning streak for title defenses at heavyweight in the UFC is three – three! And the irony is that this record is held by a part-time fighter in Stipe Miocic. Demetrious Johnson defended his Flyweight belt eleven times! What is going on at heavyweight?
<p>As hard as it is to get a UFC heavyweight belt, it is harder to keep it. But a fighter can do neither if he is not in the UFC or in the UFC at the right time. Alistar was late to come over. As good as he has looked (let's refrain from off-handed USADA quips), and whatever degree of his younger self he brought, he just never hit the peak of the mountain. This is a more common story than we may remember. Those outings from legendary guys like Mirko Cro Cop (Flipovic – he does have a last name), Johs Barnett (during either sojourn in the UFC), Andre Arlovski (on his second ru never seemed to translate to the UFC cage. Nor do they seem to have been at optimal belt prospect times.</p>
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