Omni (WSN)

Oct 30, 2021

The UFC light heavyweight division is exciting again, thanks to the departure of former 205-pound kingpin Jon Jones. Let’s be honest, it feels great to have all the answers but that gets boring after awhile.

Regardless of who you’re picking on Saturday, I doubt anyone is feeling 100-percent about their choice and even if they are, the shadow of Jiri Prochazka looms large over this five-round main event. Every sport has its feel-good stories and MMA is no exception, thanks to the recently-resurrected Glover Teixeira. The battle-tested Brazilian previously fought Jones for the light heavyweight title in the UFC 172 headliner back in April 2014 and to give you some perspective on that timeline, Renan Barao was UFC bantamweight champion and ranked No. 3 in the world on the promotion’s pound-for-pound list Blachowicz def. Teixeira by TKO. I know all the cool kids are bagging on Aljamain Sterling because this is MMA and tough guys don’t accept belts by DQ, blah blah blah, but I think we need to abandon this narrative that Yan would still be champion if “Funkmaster” didn’t lay down for the illegal knee. Regardless, the gold will return to his waist if he’s able to get past No. 3-ranked contender Cory Sandhagen, who belongs at the top half of the division based on his resume, but may not be championship material — also based on his resume. “Sandman” is coming off a decision loss to former titleholder TJ Dillashaw and was submitted by Sterling at UFC 250. Sandenhagen def. Yan by unanimous decision.