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Wiseman: All eyes on CM Punk and the heavyweights at UFC 203

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UFC 203 features another interesting heavyweight title bout that  could go either way.

In fact, for me, the two things that stand out are the heavyweights and CM Punk’s octagon debut.

Many fans may be wondering: what is CM Punk doing? Or more accurately, what the UFC is doing sanctioning the fight.

I’m wondering the same thing.

His opponent Mickey Gall has two (2) professional fights. When you look at the fighters working their butts off on The Ultimate Fighter, and then at how Gall got his shot (being scouted on Looking For A Fight and calling out Punk), I don’t even know which part about this match is more ridiculous.

The matter brings back some points from my UFC 202 story last month. The company is turning into more of a WWE-type entertainment show, rather than a professional sport. Regardless of what Punk does, how he performs – or Gall for that matter – these guys are being featured in the famed UFC octagon. The same octagon where the likes of BJ Penn, Frank Mir and GSP have fought.

It’s a joke.

A friendly reminder that CM Punk vs Mickey Gall does little to  advance the rankings or move any division forward.

There are 500 other fighters on its roster looking for a fight, and instead of that, they are on the outside, watching.

It’s getting out of hand.

Fortunately, there are  meaningful fights on the card, starting with the heavyweight division.

As of January 2016, there have been a total of 509 heavyweight fights in UFC history. Of that 509, there has only ever been a maximum of two consecutive title defences; Arlovski, Lesnar, Couture, Sylvia, and Velasquez. Isn’t this insane?

258 fights have been finished via KO or TKO.  Another one is likely looking at Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. And according to MTS,  the size and power of the heavyweight division makes it especially difficult to defend the belt.

Can Miocic break the cycle?

If “precision beats power,” who has the skill and precision to make UFC history? There are many questions surrounding the heavyweights and some will be answered at UFC 203.

Travis Browne has a chance to answer some by beating former champ Fabricio Werdum on four weeks notice. But even with an impressive performance, he probably won’t get an immediate title shot. Werdum on the other hand, probably would.

Stipe Miocic seems intent on changing the questions for everybody.

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