Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic
This was a somewhat difficult prediction to make.
A week prior to Dec. 30, 2016’s UFC 207, I was picking Cain Velasquez to beat Fabricio Werdum and go on to fight Stipe Miocic for the title in a bout where I may have picked him to win as well. Velasquez was pulled from UFC 207, however, and recently underwent surgery. Because of this, it’s hard to tell whether or not he’ll even fight for the title in 2017.
In fact, it’s unclear who exactly Miocic will defend his title against next. The Croatian already owns victories over Werdum and Alistair Overeem and he proved he could compete against Junior Dos Santos when the two went back-and-forth for five rounds in Dec. 2014.
Miocic has continued to improve and although I feel as if Velasquez would give him his toughest test, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him beat any top heavyweight these days.
Who do you see wearing UFC gold in each division by the end of the year?