UFC 155: Top 10 Heavyweights in the UFC
UFC 155 is in the books.
After a year of waiting to get his title back, Cain Velasquez finally got his revenge by completely dominating Junior dos Santos.
Velasquez can now pick up where he left off a year ago and start challenging the UFC's best heavyweights.
With Velasquez and dos Santos exchanging the title once again, let's look at how the rest of the top 10 is affected.
Here's a look at the UFC's current top 10 heavyweights.
Mark Hunt (8-7)
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Mark Hunt's rise in the UFC is perhaps one of the best comeback stories in MMA history.
After going 5-1 to start his MMA career, Hunt lost six straight, including his UFC debut. Since then Hunt has won his last three, two of which have come by knockout. He may be making a late-career push and has many fans behind him.
Hunt is expected to face Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 8.
Stephan Struve (25-5)
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Winner of four straight fights, Stefan Struve is becoming one of the elite heavyweights in the UFC.
Struve has great knockout power and holds seven wins by KO.
But his biggest weapons are the long limbs on his 6'11" frame, which have earned him 16 submission victories.
At age 24, Struve may be one of if not the most dangerous young fighter in the UFC.
Struve is set to take on Mark Hunt in Japan this coming March.
Roy Nelson (18-7)
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2012 started off rocky for Roy Nelson, as he was out-struck by Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143.
Things picked up for Nelson, though, as he went on to defeat Dave "Pee Wee" Herman and Matt Mitrione, both by knockout.
In his eight fights in the UFC, Nelson has either knocked his opponents out or proved how much of an iron chin he has in losses.
Nelson is almost always in an exciting fight. But you have to wonder how much longer the 36-year-old can fight at his current level.
Antonio Silva (17-4)
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Antonio Silva was on the verge of being out of the UFC before he was even really in the organization at the start of the year.
After two straight losses to AKA heavyweights Danial Cromier and Cain Velasquez, Silva needed to come back strong.
That's exactly what he did when he gave Travis Browne he first loss by knocking him out.
Silva will have a big test in front of him when he takes on Alistair Overeem at UFC 156.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1 1NC)
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Although Big Nog has gone 3-3 in his last six fights, he still remains one of the best heavyweights in the UFC.
Two of his recent losses have come to Frank Mir, while the other one came to current champ Cain Velasquez.
His biggest opponent, though, has been injury, which Nogueira seems to have finally overcome.
Nogueira is set to coach on TUF: Brazil 2 against Fabricio Werdum.
Frank Mir (16-6)
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After three straight wins, Frank Mir found himself in a title fight once again at UFC 146.
Mir was unable to get anything going against Junior dos Santos, though, and found himself on the receiving end of a TKO loss.
Mir was set to make a visit to Strikeforce to take on Danial Cromier, but an injury forced him out of the bout.
Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1)
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Since returning to the UFC this year, Fabricio Werdum has looked great.
We all know how big of a threat Werdum is on the ground, but his striking has been greatly improved since his UFC return. Werdum out-struck Roy Nelson at UFC 143 and beat Mike Russow by TKO at UFC 147.
Werdum is now set to coach against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.
Alistair Overeem (36-11 1NC)
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Although Alistair Overeem has not fought in a year, he still has a job in the UFC and is still close to the top of the rankings.
Although Overeem dominated Brock Lesnar in his debut, he still has a lot to prove as far as his legal issues go.
If Overeem can stay clean and continue to dominate, he could very well be UFC champion at the end of 2013.
First he will have to get past Antonio Silva at UFC 156.
Junior dos Santos (15-2)
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Junior dos Santos may have lost the fight tonight, but he is still one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the UFC.
Although he was dominated, dos Santos never gave up.
There were many moments in which Velasquez had dos Santos hurt, but dos Santos just kept getting back up.
Although he got his first UFC loss tonight, dos Santos should take this as a learning experience and come back stronger than ever.
With the power in his hands and considering that he has already taken out half of the top 10, dos Santos should be back in the title picture in no time.
Cain Velasquez (11-1)
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Cain Velasquez is a beast.
He is not just a beast; he is the new UFC champion.
Velasquez took back what belonged to him and could very well have it for a long time. He looked great, as he kept the pressure on dos Santos all five rounds.
Now the champ just has to hit the gym as he waits to see whom the UFC throws at him next.