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Maggie Hendricks

Light heavy is where it's at


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As an NFL fan, I love the parity that exists between the teams. Of course, there are teams on the high end and the sad, sorry low-end, but for the most part, any team can truly win the Super Bowl. It's much better than in Major League Baseball, where fans in Pittsburgh and Kansas City have given up hope on a World Series win.

That parity is what makes the light-heavyweight division in the UFC so much fun. The belt has changed hands twice in 2008, and both title fights have been exciting to watch. There are so many legitimate contenders that it gives fans like us plenty to discuss. Sure, Rampage Jackson deserves a chance to get his belt back against Rashad Evans, but what about the winner of Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin's upcoming bout? And who should Forrest Griffin face next? Is Wanderlei Silva going to retire? Where does superstar, and former champion, Chuck Liddell fit in? Or Lyoto Machida? Not to mention the numerous up-and-comers who want a shot at a title, like Mark Munoz and Thiago Silva? Phew. It's enough to make MMA fans dizzy.

But it's also what make the light-heavyweight division the best one in the UFC. Middleweight has grown boring as we wait to see if Anderson Silva will take another undermatched fighter, if Paulo Filho will get his head together to fight his friend Silva, or if the UFC will sign talented middleweights like Ronald "Jacare" Souza or Gegard Mousasi. The lightweight and welterweight divisions are on hold until B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre settle their grudge match on Jan. 31. A unification bout for the heavyweight belts is finally set, but the debates about heavyweight are getting old and stale.

It's the light-heavyweights that are making the UFC interesting now. Parity has its benefits.

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