For the first time in seven years, mixed martial arts' top-ranked heavyweight is not named
In no particular order:
• Zuffa, the parent company for UFC and WEC, now promotes the No. 1 fighter in seven weight classes -- the lone exception being flyweight, which isn't included among the divisions featured by the Las Vegas-based powerhouse. Emelianenko, 33, was the lone hold out before tapping June 26 to
• For the first time since
• There's long been an argument about whether or not heavyweights deserve a place at the P4P table. Emelianenko was, for the most part, considered a Top 3 fighter in the world regardless of weight after dismantling
• I won't go so far as to suggest this the first time I had a tough time piecing together a division, but I can definitively say this is the first edition that it felt nearly impossible to accurately rank welterweight. One through three is easy.
• Three 1-vs.-2 bouts are scheduled between Aug. 7 and Aug. 28. That's quite a stretch.