UFC’s light heavyweight division has seen an exodus over the last couple of days. First, a top contender in Corey Anderson left the UFC to sign with Bellator and now the longtime light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has vacated his belt to move up to heavyweight.
Now, Bellator CEO Scott Coker has stated that Bellator’s light heavyweight division is superior to UFC’s light heavyweight division. The division is ruled by Ryan Bader, who will be defending his title against Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 244 this week.
Apart from those, the division currently has Lyoto Machida, Phil Davis, Alex Polizzi, Karl Moore etc.
Does Bellator have a better LHW division than the UFC?
In an interview with MMAJunkie, Scott Coker said that he indeed believed that Bellator had a better 205lbs division than the UFC.
“Listen, with Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight, I think we have the best 205-pound weight class on the planet with Bader, Gegard wants to move up, we have (Lyoto) Machida, and we have Corey Anderson now,” Coker said.
“We have a bunch of killers in that weight class. To me, we have a great roster of fights for him (Corey Anderson) – and even Phil Davis. I mean, we’ll be able to put some great fights together, and I’m excited about that division.”
Not just Scott Coker, even Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader shares the same thought. According to him the winner of Bellator 244 main event will determine the best light heavyweight in the world.
“Arguably, right now you can say the winner of this fight is one of the best heavyweights right now that’s out there,” Bader told MMA Junkie in an interview. “DC retired and had a great career. He was always up there. Then, obviously, Jon Jones was one of the greatest of all time. I think that the whole division was in his shadow. Him moving up definitely opens it up.
“With my accomplishments, it’s not like I haven’t been there. I was a top-five guy consistently in there. I’ve grown as a fighter since I came over here – tremendously. Yeah, you can argue the winner of this fight is the best light heavyweight right now.” Bader concluded.
Bellator 244 is set to take place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Montville, Connecticut.
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