Updated: Oct 14, 2020
The pro heavyweight division certainly isn't the deepest in New England, but it has many storylines that we should keep an eye on. 38 year old Greg "Ribz" Rebello (26-9) is by no surprise at the top of the heap. He recently defended the CES heavyweight championship against Jordan Mitchell (8-13) back in January, and afterwards announced his retirement in the cage. We have heard this before from Rebello, so who know's how much stock to put in those words. What we do know is that Rebello will go down as one of the best heavyweights that New England MMA has ever seen. The heavy handed Tri-Force MMA product has been fighting professional for 15 years, and has racked up a who's who of heavyweight wins here in New England. "Ribz" has had two shots to capture a UFC contract on the Contender Series, but has walked away 0-2 in those attempts. He's been a regional stud for many years, but he just hasn't been able to break into the ranks with a national promotion. It's not out of the question for Rebello to get a late notice call from the UFC with how shallow their heavyweight division is, and I would assume that opportunity would be impossible for Rebello to pass up. Hopefully that's the case for us here in New England.
Holding down the #2 spot is Underdog MMA fighter Parker Porter (10-5), as he's put together a solid 4-1 record over his last 5 fights under the Bellator, Reality, and CES banners. The Connecticut based fighter most recently picked up a big win over #5 ranked Dirlei Broenstrup (16-8) by way of TKO at CES 58 back in September of last year. Porter's only loss in his last 5 fights was to #7 ranked Keith Bell (11-9) due to disqualification because of illegal blows to the back of the head. Porter has some serious momentum right now, so staying active when fights resume is important for the 35 year old fighter, as he most likely only has a few more years to compete and has a legitimate shot at getting a call from a major promotion if he continues his winning ways.
A familiar face has locked up the 3rd slot, as our #1 ranked light heavyweight, William "Nightmare" Knight (7-1), some times moonlights with the big boys. Knight's true weight class is at 205, but with heavyweights being in short supply not here in New England, but around the country, Knight often gets the call to step up in weight. I would suspect that the Thornton MMA product will focus on the light heavyweight division moving forward now that he's signed to a developmental deal with the UFC, but regardless, Knight is a force in the heavyweight division as well.