I have said this many times, but the Heavyweight Division lacks any kind of depth to it. Otto Dahl may be the most underrated champion in the org right now, and he has been a victim of his own competition. Even the ROTR winner Heavy Rain, billed as potentially a tough opponent for Dahl, with his head kicks and KO Power, was dusted inside of a round. It is very difficult to know how good Dahl actually is, because he’s never actually been in a fight where someone has threatened him. He is rumoured to be rematching the man he won the belt off, Brutus Leagatius, for his next defence. Perhaps the Greek Kickboxer can give him something to think about; otherwise it will result in another struggle for contenders. The one bright spark perhaps is Rayko Oswald; a newcomer to the division, but he has barely any experience, with only two fights to his name, and is likely to get thrown to the sharks a bit too soon, all because there may not be anyone else. Don’t write off Jarome Patches just yet either; the skilled clinch rapist came into some trouble against Heavy Rain, but he has plenty of time to rebound, that’s if we can find anyone for him to fight. We need Heavyweight contenders badly; or maybe we should just send 205lb phenom Jonas Lofmark up there and see how he does against the larger guys….
Long considered one of the worst divisions at SP ICON; Middleweight has really gained some steam as of late. There have been a few additions which have improved the division overall; not least the addition of former LFC Middleweight Champion Neyman Gariniho. Gariniho is likely one of the most skilled 300K fighters in the entire game at the moment; and it will be a compelling fight when he takes on Oscar Stolt for the Middleweight Championship. It is a champion vs champion matchup; that either brings in some new blood at the top in Gariniho or gives Stolt the legit win he needs to become a true 300K superstar. Either way; the org can’t lose with this fight, and the plot thickens even more when you go into the contenders of the division. Similar to Otto Dahl of the Heavyweight Division; Stolt is defined by his competition, whilst his beat-down of Archibald Knox at PINNACLE was impressive, he has not truly had a challenge in the cage yet. The Philosopher has certainly been unfortunate in the org with both his champions oft without a fight. That is soon to change; you would assume, as in addition to Gariniho, Vicenzo Nibali has arrived in the division. He made an emphatic debut when he submitted John Chester, a feat many did not believe possible, he may now be the best pure grappler in the division, which definitely adds a new dimension to the title picture.
Then of course there is Archibald Knox; who rebounded incredibly from his loss at PINNACLE against Publius Sestius. The one concern however; is that Knox managed to pick up a 15 day injury from knocking a guy out in 40 seconds…. Even so; when Knox recovers, he will be back in the mix as a legitimate threat to the title, with knockout power and a dominating clinch game. The one complication in the division; which probably prevents it from being higher up the list, is that both Nibali and Knox are managed by Marcus Crassus, meaning they are unlikely to ever fight each other. Regardless of this; the next couple of months should see some excellent matchups in the division, as in addition to the bona fide title contenders, there are other solid fighters amongst the division who can make things interesting. John Chester; a very skilled submission artist, may never win the belt, but he is a dangerous fight for anyone and has proved he can still pick up some wins in the division. Publius Sestius and Aaron Ward are still very much a work in progress; but both have potential if they can bring their skills up to par with the big guns.
This division has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride since March. Long time champion Grogory Damkratov lost the belt to Froyo Hoyo at PINNACLE; before Hoyo succumbed to Mnajdra Sheze’s Triangle Choke just two weeks after he won the title. On top of this Sheze’s first title defence looks to be an extremely challenging task; he faces Jallu Pesonen who has been running through some of the divisions’ very best on his way to the top. His win over Ephram Urani in particular was impressive, as he shut the wrestler down so well that Urani has not been seen since. Both Pesonen and Sheze are undefeated; so it’s very difficult to know how it will go, but it should be a fascinating fight, as Pesonen puts his Bisping-esque rangy boxing and defence against Sheze’s powerful strikes and submissions. On top of that; we have fast rising prospect Widar Blixt, who many fear will put the democracy of this division to bed and establish a solid dictatorship. He is another fighter managed by The Philosopher; a manager who will be looking to hold 3 out of 5 belts with the org if Blixt manages to eventually capture the title. There is also Grogory Damkratov; the former champ who has knockout power, chin of iron and the heart of a lion. Damkratov can make his way back into the fold if he wins a fight or two; and his exciting style would always make for interesting match ups. Ephram Urani may one day resurface in the division; unless he chooses to make his return to the newly formed 145lbs division. Urani is a small Lightweight so the latter option would be understandable; but we all know there are a couple of losses he definitely wants the opportunity to avenge. The real dark horse in all of this is a young fighter named Joan Vila. The Spanish striker has lost two fights; but they were against Blixt and Pesonen, two guys who are right in the mix at the top of the division. He has since changed management; now in the hands of the legendary Klatz Matz, it will be interesting to see what kind of run he can make in this ever growing division. There will be excellent fights in this division; it’s just a matter of time; it may very soon be the best division in the org, with just a couple more quality additions needed for it to rival the marquee division.
Thanks guys for reading; I hope everybody is still enjoying the org and I am going to be trying to up the excitement more in the coming months; where we will be looking at who will compete in the next Rumble on The Rocks Tournament! Scheduled for December; same rules as last time, just better prizes! Lastly; I wanna give you some food for thought by making a top 10 P4P list based on my own judgement rather than MMA Tycoon’s broken ranking system. These will be based on skills; hype, record within the org and competition faced.