ROUNDTABLE: Which UFC champion do you most want to see move up or down in weight? (UPDATED)

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Dec 8, 2018; Toronto, ON, Canada; Max Holloway (red gloves) celebrates after beating Brian Ortega (blue gloves) during UFC 231 at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Which UFC champion would you most like to see move up or down in weight that hasn’t done so?

David McGrath, Host – MMATorch Today Podcast

There are just too many exciting matchups at 155 for the answer not to be Max Holloway. All that being said I’m intrigued by TJ Dillashaw and Holloway at 145, also as a wild card, I would love to see Tyron Woodley at 185. I think he would have real success at 185. Shortest answer right now, Max Holloway too many dream matchups.

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

Max Holloway and Jon Jones. Both fighters have proved everything they’ve had to prove in their current divisions. I’m not so sure how well Max would do and I’m concerned about his conditioning at a higher weight class. Jon Jones has a few money fights at heavyweight and a ton of fresh, new opponents.

Robert Vallejos, Host – MMA Talk for Pro Wrestling Fans

When he makes it to the octagon, there is not really a more exciting champion than Max Holloway. It felt so surreal when we thought we were going to get a lightweight title fight between Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov. It would be great to recapture that moment. Aside from a Frankie Edgar fight, there is not much left for Holloway at featherweight. He would be great in the mix with all of those lightweights…especially against the last man to beat him.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’d like to see UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones move up to heavyweight but once he does that, he might not want to go back to light heavyweight. It’d still be cool to see, though. I think my final answer, though, is UFC Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway. Seeing him go up to lightweight to challenge UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov or any of the other fighters there would be awesome. Holloway is a tremendous fighter so I’ll watch him anytime I can.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

I’d prefer to see all the champs stay put as the gimmick is becoming a bit overdone. We could be looking at the fourth double champion in UFC history in a few days and the second in just a few weeks. UFC could choose to spend 2019 focusing on re-establishing the importance of their titles, but  I don’t think they will. With that out of the way, if there’s anyone I’d like to see move up or down, it would be Jon Jones. Jones has the least to prove at his current weight class than any other champion does, so for him to move up to heavyweight, would be the most exciting proposition. There is, of course, the Cormier fight but there are also potential clashes with Brock Lesnar or Cain Velasquez that would be crazy fun to see.

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