While he admits that this weekend’s contest between Bob Sapp and Bobby Lashley is a good ol’ fashioned American freakshow fight, Jake Rossen from Sherdog still thinks there’s a case to be made for Super Heavyweights as a legitimate weight class:
The biggest problem to date with the division has been the diluted athleticism. Any big man who moves fast, has good reflexes and hits hard should be drawing a good salary in the NFL, but there are plenty of guys who wind up flirting with that option — like Sapp or Lesnar — but lack a required component. Now that mixed martial arts salary structure is improving, we’re already seeing football hopefuls adapt their physical skills for fighting. Next season’s “The Ultimate Fighter” is reputed to have four ex-league players on the roster. Wes Shivers was once 290 pounds; Marcus Jones has seen 260.
Oooh, Marcus Jones was once almost close to being a super heavyweight. And I bet you when Shivers was 290 pounds he was either a steroid infused freak or a fat piece of shit. Or a steroid infused fat piece of shit. Sure, humans continue to get bigger and stronger (our average height continues to creep up decade after decade), but at this point the massive majority of giant athletes – the few that there are – still sits close enough to 265 to cut down. Those that can’t cut from the start can easily smarten up with their training regiments and end up stronger and more compact at 265 than they ever were at 310.
Name me one super heavyweight out there who couldn’t afford to drop some pounds. People crying for poor Mark Hunt make me laugh … the dude could hit 265 pounds if he gave half of a shit to get there. And that’s the story with the large majority of guys who aren’t packing an extra 30 pounds of fat or muscle men who spend more time bench pressing motorcycles than learning jiu jitsu.
Long story short, you can make a better case for splitting the heavyweight division into two classes than legitimizing the super heavyweight division. And even the 205-235 pound cruiserweight division is a dumb idea right now because of the lack of dudes big enough to create a decent 236-265 pound class.