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UFC fighters who are tearing up the divisions

The division needs to keep moving. Dana White usually says this when a reporter suggests a matchup that could affect the stability of a division. Absolutely not! Dana White is all about the integrity and integrity of the sport, and stuffing a division to the brim is a disgrace to the sport and every athlete competing in the weight class. The UFC is mostly committed to preserving the sanctity of the divisions, but there have been times when Dana White has been completely willing to destroy every fighter in the division for the sake of one individual.

Listed below are special fighters who wielded so much power in the company that they were favored by Dana White that they managed to destroy an entire division, and one of them is still doing the same thing today.

Michael Bisping (2016-2017)

When Michael Bisping knocked out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 to win the middleweight title, it was a feel-good moment. Bisping had been an underdog in his career and came out on top against someone who was expected to be the next dominant champion at 185. Unfortunately, Bisping became the champion of a fully loaded division and was a significant underdog against all five of the top contenders, chief among them Yoel Romero.

Who would Bisping face in his first title defense? Dan Henderson, ranked 13th and close to 50, should have retired half a decade ago. In truth, this was a farewell gift for Henderson, and the veteran nearly knocked Bisping out at UFC 204 and lost by a very close decision.


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Bisping had barely escaped a bloody fight against Dan Henderson, so one wondered what Yoel Romero would do?

Romero further solidified his claim as a legitimate contender by hitting Chris Weidman in the head with a flying knee strike on the very next pay-per-view. It was a fight that needed to be made, but Bisping then suffered some sort of injury. We never really learned what kind of injury it was or how serious it was, but the champion miraculously made a recovery as soon as the company announced that Bisping and Georges St-Pierre would face off for the title at UFC 217.

St-Pierre defeated Bisping at Madison Square Garden to end a title reign that had frustrated the middleweight roster, especially Yoel Romero. St-Pierre enjoyed his newly won middleweight title for a few months, but then voluntarily vacated it and the division got back on track.

Conor McGregor (2015-2018)

This is special and makes sense because we’re talking about McGregor, the biggest star in the sport. At UFC 194, McGregor defeated Aldo in 13 seconds to unify the featherweight title and never gave it any attention again. He immediately entered a feud with Nate Diaz after knocking out Aldo and after going 1-1 against Diaz, he earned a title shot at 155 against Eddie Alvarez.

McGregor didn’t really deserve it, but it was the first event at Madison Square Garden and UFC 205 needed a major main event, so a fight between McGregor and Alvarez made sense. McGregor quickly defeated Alvarez in the fight, becoming the first-ever dual champion and not giving that belt any attention. McGregor then decided to box with Mayweather and stayed away from MMA for about two years.

Dana White didn’t want to risk upsetting his biggest star, so he waited and waited, both 145 and 155 going to waste. Finally, after a year of inactivity, the company stripped McGregor of the featherweight title and promoted Aldo as the undisputed champion.

But the lightweight belt remained with McGregor for more than a year, and the lightweights, especially Khabib and Ferugson, were fed up. Finally, at UFC 223, as Khabib and Al Iaquinta touched gloves to start their fight, McGregor was also stripped of his lightweight title, and the dark ages were over.

Jon Jones (2023-Present)

For a long time, Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou was the fight we wanted to see. Reigning champion Francis wanted it. Dana White was willing to do it. Jones wanted it too, but he also wanted to do it the right way, so he spent about three years building muscle and adjusting to the new division. In his time, Ngannou had moved on, and Dana White had developed a grudge against him. With Ngannou gone and the heavyweight belt vacated, Jon Jones easily defeated Ciryl Gane to become the new champion, and Dana White hasn’t stopped singing his praises ever since. Jones was scheduled to face Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 for his first title defense, and from a marketing standpoint, the fight made sense.

Top light heavyweight vs. top heavyweight, but Jones pulled out due to injury and the title was not vacated. Jiri Prochazka and Jamahal Hill were forced to relinquish their belts due to injuries, but Dana White allowed Jones to remain champion and was adamant that a match between Jones and Stipe would happen in the future. He said it was a match they had to make.

Even when Tom Aspinall, widely considered the best heavyweight boxer of our time, became the interim champion at UFC 295, the plan remained intact; Jones and Stipe, no matter what. Dana White doubled, even tripled, in booking the fight, praising Jones as the greatest fighter of all time in any combat sport.

Jones may be the greatest fighter of all time, but since he became the heavyweight champion, the weight class has been struggling. Aspinall will defend his interim belt against a legitimate contender, while Jones will face an aging Miocic in the fall of this year, and I promise you, if the fight falls apart again, the UFC will throw the rest of the division into limbo and book Jones and Stipe Miocic until it finally happens.