side note - I am not sure who I consider the best heavyweight in the world right now. Fedor - I dunno, ask me in a month. I am on record above tipping Sylvia to win it though. And since I am basically always right in these things, it is pretty much a fait accompli
Maaaybe I would lean toward Tim Sylvia (as much as I hate to admit it) as the top HW in the world right now. He looked great clubbing Minotauro, only to lose in true Big Nog fashion (ie. Nog battered, bruised and with just enough in the tank to launch an armbar). But Tim had his aggression back, and would have been ahead on basically any scorecard if not for leaving that arm hanging...still, beaten fair and square, no doubt. Minotauro is lined up against Mir in an interesting jits battle. I dont think that either will be proclaimed the best in the world after that fight though. Randy's career may well be done, and I would never count the guy out, but jeez, on tiptoes, he can see fifty....he may spend more time fighting in court than in a cage though. Sad way for it to end, but the last few interviews I have seen, he seems to be increasingly stressing the fact that 'if it's all over, I am at peace with that'. I cant help but wonder if he should just enter the Octagon one more time, throw in the towel one second into the first round, and donate his fight purse to charity....at least then he would get it over with....then run off to Mark Cuban to fight Fedor before calling it a day. Then what? A very scattered group of heavyweights that it will be really hard to line up against each other, since they are a bit all-over-the-place in terms of divisions, with a huge exodus of the big boys away from the UFC. It's really hard to call right now.