2012 MMA crystal ball: Who’s a UFC champ 12 months from now?

Steve Cofield
December 24, 2011

We keep hearing about mixed martial being in a period of dominant champions. Is that really true? Try to project the champions in each UFC weight class for the end of 2012 and see what you come up with.

Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole, Frank Trigg and myself debated four of the UFC's title belts during our "The MMA Insiders" show on ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas.

My choices are:

125 pounds - Joe Benavidez

135 pounds - Urijah Faber

145 pounds - Jose Aldo Jr.

155 pounds - Gray Maynard

170 pounds - Georges St-Pierre

185 pounds - Anderson Silva

205 pounds - Jon Jones

Heavyweight - Junior dos Santos

Trigg and Iole disagreed with me on 155 and heavyweight. They also came up with a few deep sleepers at lightweight and welterweight.

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