The heavyweight division in the UFC certainly needs spicing up, and the new arrival of Jon Jones will hopefully do just that.
It’s recently been announced that the former Light Heavyweight champion will ‘probably’ face the winner of the Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou rematch, which has been scheduled for March 27.
Outside these names, the division has become a little stagnant, but one man has recently been trying to make a surge. At 40-years-young, Alistair Overeem is 4-1 from his last five, with the one defeat being highly contested.
All four victories have come in emphatic fashion - all have been via TKO/KO, three of which in the opening two rounds. The heavy-hitting American is making a late push in his 21-year career for one last title challenge, and next faces the 6th ranked Alexander Volkov.
The Russian fought twice last year, losing out on points to the wrestling based Curtis Blaydes, before comfortably putting away Walt Harris, on the Khabib - Justin Gaethje card.
From their credentials, both fighters are no doubt top five calibre in the rankings, but a win from either is unlikely to guarantee them the next title shot. Like Volkov, Overeem has also tasted defeat to Blaydes within the last two years, putting the 29-year-old in line for the potential winner of Jones v Stipe/Ngannou.
A long queue is being formed in the division, and hopefully we can see a few contests for the belt, in 2021. If Overeem or Volkov are to push ahead, they will both need a win on February 6th.