(above image: UFC’s middleweight contenders as laid out on NBC Sports.com)
Included in a short article about Jonathan Goulet fighting Travis Axworthy at TKO29 is the fact that Goulet is going to fight at middleweight until he’s back in the UFC, where he will return to welterweight.
I’ve already mentioned this a few times in the past, but I have no idea what the fuck anyone is thinking trying to crack the UFC welterweight division right now. Any advantage you would get as a large fighter cutting hard into the welterweight division is immediately lost. Why? Because you’re facing a long list of the most skilled and dedicated fighters in mixed martial arts. In comparison, the UFC middleweight division is so weak for talent and personality that the current contenders list consists of Rich Franklin, Rich Franklin, Rich Franklin and Rich Franklin. The rest of the division is jam packed full of easy prey … TUF fighters who are still developing and would be a cakewalk for someone of Goulet’s skill and experience.
So why the hell is Goulet thinking of going back to welterweight if he gets a call from the UFC? Why the hell would anyone want to fight in that division? Here’s where some classic martial arts philosophy would be useful : Take the path of least resistance, idiot!