Consistency Is Key: UFC Champs Appear Unthreatened at WW, MW,and HW

Brian Minutoli Correspondent IJuly 16, 2009

CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25:  Anderson Silva fights Patrick Cote in the Middleweight Title Bout at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

With recent dominating performances from the title-holders in the UFC's welterweight, middleweight, and heavyweight divisions, the UFC appears to be gaining one aspect that it has always lacked: Consistency.

  • The welterweight title holder Georges St. Pierre has now defended his title three times after avenging his loss to former champ Matt Serra in dominating fashion at UFC 83 in April of 2008.
  • The middleweight champ Anderson Silva has had five dominating title defenses since capturing the strap from Rich Franklin at UFC 64 all the way back in October of 2006. Silva also ran through opponents Travis Lutter and James Irvin in destructive fashion during two non-title fights. The champ has been deemed by many as the only sure thing in MMA aside from Fedor Emelianenko
  • Although the current heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar has only made one title defense, I believe it's safe to say that he remains consistent in the fact that he has completely obliterated every opponent he has faced in the UFC, and even avenged the only loss in his young career. Lesnar currently holds a mixed martial arts record of four wins with one loss to Frank Mir at UFC 81 in February 2008. The loss to Frank Mir was one in which Mir received many hammer fists to the face from perhaps the two deadliest limbs in MMA, Brock Lesnar's lunchbox sized hands. Although Mir was eventually able to take advantage of the newcomers mistake and submit Lesnar with a kneebar, he still received the brunt of the damage delivered during the fight.

These three champs, all dominant in their respective countries, are completely revolutionizing the sport of MMA in an attempt to make it more mainstream than it already is. These men are becoming household names across the globe due to their abnormal athletic ability and dominating consistency.

With number one contender bouts lined up for all three of these divisions, the future of the UFC's titleholders remains uncertain. However one thing that does remain certain is that consistent fighters will attract consistent fans. The future of MMA appears very bright thanks to warriors like these.