What would you think if while the UFC doesn't have a good challenger for Stipe (unless Ngannou wins) what would you think if the UFC signed another champ and threw him against Stipe. It wouldn't have to be CC but maybe one of these: Cro Cop (43)(35-11-2-1) - Rizin Openweight GP champ, showed he still has something there. Vera (40)(15-7-0-1) - ONE FC champ. Hasn't really beaten such a big name since being out of the UFC but HW is his best division. Marcin Rozalski (39)(7-4) - KSW champ. Good striker who got a sub on Pudz but not too much else. Blagoi Ivanov (31)(15-1-0-1) - PFL champ if they keep WSOF champ. Darko Stosic (25)(12-1) - FFC champ. Don't know anything about him but that's young for such a good record at HW. Richard Odoms (42)(13-3) - LFA champ. Old but he's fought a lot of the journeyman and good regional HWs and done well. Mighty Mo (47)(12-5) - ROAD FC champ. Oldest guy around but he has some good and consistently keeps putting down the dudes Road gives him. Any interest in a "fill in" like this until hopefully Ngannou wins? You could do this fight in like January and then he could still fight Ngannou/Overeem winner around May or so and be all good assuming he beats whoever they give him (bad assumption at HW). I think it'd be pretty interesting and gives Stipe another chance to add to his resume while beating some other champ. CC makes the most sense to me but Ivanov is the real deal and Stosic has youth on his side. Vera, Rozalski, and Mo offer interesting striking match ups for Stipe as well and like I said it's HW, anything can and does happen.