Alistair Overeem, Heavyweight
Overeem is hands down a top 10 heavyweight in the world right now. He’s got a record of 34-11 (1 NC) and hasn’t lost since September of 2007. He’s currently the Strikeforce heavyweight champ and the interim DREAM champion. The reason the UFC needs to try and sign him is because he brings something new to the mix. Name the last time you’ve seen a 265 pound kickboxing Dutch fighter who has a background in grappling, and no Frank Mir doesn’t count. Overeem could help shake up the heavyweight division and offer something new to the group to see how they react.
Hatsu Hioki, Featherweight
Dana White has a big challenge in 2011: find Jose Aldo a worthy challenger. Aldo along with GSP and Anderson Silva are completely dominant in their divisions. However, White has been able to find them suitable challengers. The same can’t be said for Aldo. That’s why he should sign Hioki. Not only is a he a danger to submit fighters, but he has no problem knocking people out. He’s also a very technical fighter which is something that will be needed if anyone wants to challenge Aldo. Lastly, he’s only 27 years old. You’ve got to imagine Dana White likes the idea of potentially starting a rivalry between the two.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Middleweight
I hate to say it, but the middleweight division needs something to help give it some more flare. Anderson Silva has a chokehold on the division so might as well make it more entertaining. Enter Mayhem Miller: fighter, TV host, entertainer. Mayhem may most be known for his TV show “Bully Beatdown” or for getting into an altercation with Nick Diaz after a Strikeforce event. However, he can hold his own. He came close to submitting Jake Shields, the next fighter in line for GSP. In fact, Miller’s only UFC fight was against UFC. Worst case scenario we get more entrances like the one seen below:
Eddie Alvarez, Lightweight
Right now, I feel there are 2 divisions in the UFC that are stacked and the most competitive: light heavyweight and lightweight. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the title change hands at least twice in 2011. Despite this, Eddie Alvarez would be an awesome land for the UFC. Right now he’s got a phenomenal record of 21-2 with only 2 of his fights going to a decision. He’s been on an absolute tear lately and needs to step up the competition, especially considering how young he is. If he was brought into the UFC, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win the belt at least once by the time he’s 30.
Gerald Harris, Middleweight
Harris is one of my favorite fighters. He’s a good guy and is full of excitement. In three of his UFC fights, he won knockout of the night in two of them. He lost his last fight against newcomer Maiquel Falcao and was dropped from the UFC promotion. Yep, Harris lost 1 fight (his first loss in 11 fights) and was dropped. Dana White said it was because of an underwhelming performance, but I think that was a harsh punishment. Harris needs to prove himself in another promotion for a few fights to prove he’s worthy, but the UFC needs to get him back in the middleweight division by the end of 2011.