UFC 157 Results: Top 10 Heavyweights in the UFC

Matt Juul@@MattchidaMMAContributor IIIFebruary 24, 2013

UFC 157 Results: Top 10 Heavyweights in the UFC

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    While the women were making history on the main card at Saturday's UFC 157, that didn't stop the heavyweights from making some noise during the night's prelims on FX.

    The Ultimate Fighter alum Brendan Schaub halted a two-fight losing skid with a much needed unanimous decision victory over former Strikeforce veteran Lavar Johnson.

    While the win likely secured the ex-NFL fullback's spot in the UFC, was it enough to crack the top 10 rankings? Let's find out.

Honorable Mention: Shane Carwin

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    Former interim heavyweight champ Shane Carwin is usually a no-brainer choice for any list or rankings, but due to his recent string of injuries, he hasn't fought in the Octagon since 2011 which makes him ineligible for this list.

10. Brendan Schaub

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    TUF alum Brendan Schaub got a much needed win at Saturday's UFC 157, stopping a two-fight losing streak by defeating Lavar Johnson.

    Schaub grinded his way to a unanimous decision victory, utilizing his wrestling and clinch work to take out the Strikeforce import.

    Securing his spot in the UFC's heavyweight division, the win also elevates the ex-NFL fullback to the 10th spot on the rankings.

9. Stefan Struve

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    Towering Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve has been on a tear lately, recently adding Stipe Miocic to his list of victims last September.

    Struve has finished each of his opponents during his four-fight winning streak, owning TKO finishes over Miocic and Dave Herman as well as submission wins over Lavar Johnson and Pat Barry.

    Set to face fan favorite Mark Hunt in March, a win over the kickboxing ace could catapult Struve into the top five in the division.

8. Minotauro Nogueira

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    Former interim champ Minotauro Nogueira emphatically got back into the win column with an emotional submission victory over Dave Herman at UFC 153.

    Nogueira took home Submission of the Night with his armbar victory in front of his fellow countrymen down in Brazil.

    Currently coaching on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, the former Pride star is set to face Fabricio Werdum in June.

7. Roy Nelson

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    TUF season 10 winner Roy Nelson may be a hard-nosed veteran, but that hasn't stopped him from crushing some of the UFC's younger prospects in his last two fights.

    "Big Country"  followed up his 51-second KO of Dave Herman with another impressive finish over Matt Mitrione in December.

    Nelson can make it a cool three in a row if he can get past vet Cheick Kongo at April's UFC 159.

6. Frank Mir

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    Former champ Frank Mir was on a roll leading up to his bout with then title holder Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146.

    Unfortunately, Mir was unable tor reclaim the belt, losing via TKO in the second round. The loss halted a three fight winning streak, which included a devastating submission victory over Minotauro Nogueira at UFC 140 and KO win over Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 119.

    Set to face the highly touted Daniel Cormier in April, a win could lead to one last title run for the aging star.

5. Alistair Overeem

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    "The Reem" was well on his way towards a title shot before Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva put an end to that dream at UFC 156 earlier this month.

    Overeem dominated his heavyweight foe in the opening rounds of their bout, but a few huge blows in the final frame served the Dutch striker his first KO loss since 2007.

    With any hopes of a shot at the belt now on the back burner, the fearsome kickboxing ace will now take on former champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 later this year.

4. Antonio Silva

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    Perennial underdog Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva has a knack for beating the odds, recently taking out the highly touted Alistair Overeem in impressive fashion at UFC 156.

    Silva ate a lot of punishment in the opening frames, but his cool demeanor aided the towering heavyweight in the last round when he KO'd a worn out Overeem.

    The win has earned Silva a rematch with champ Cain Velasquez as they will now square off at UFC 160 later this year.

3. Fabricio Werdum

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    Another heavyweight with a knack for beating the odds, Brazilian powerhouse Fabricio Werdum has been on an impressive run of late, going 5-1 in his last six fights.

    Werdum recently took out Mike Russow at UFC 147, finishing the heavyweight via TKO less than three minutes into the first round.

    Currently coaching opposite Minotauro Nogueira on the second season of the Brazilian edition of TUF, the two will square off at the conclusion of the show in June.

2. Daniel Cormier

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    Rising heavyweight star Daniel Cormier extended his perfect record earlier this year with his utter destruction of Dion Staring at Strikeforce's final show.

    The former Olympic wrestler controlled Staring for the entire bout before finally finishing him via TKO in the second round.

    Now set to face former UFC champ Frank Mir later this year, a win will likely earn Cormier a shot at the belt.

1. Junior Dos Santos

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    Brazilian powerhouse Junior dos Santos was on top of the world going into his rematch against Cain Velasquez. 

    Unfortunately, the bout played out much differently than their first meeting as Velasquez dominated dos Santos for five full rounds to take back the title.

    Now set to face "The Reem" later this year, a win over the former Strikeforce champ will likely put the Brazilian back in line for another shot at the belt.

Champion: Cain Velasquez

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    I like how the UFC separates its champs from the rest of its rankings, so I'm going to copy that here.

    Velasquez, a man who needs little introduction, solidified his status as the heavyweight king by ripping his belt back from the hands of Junior dos Santos. Velasquez completely dominated the former champ for the entire fight, vindicating his previous KO loss to the Brazilian at UFC on Fox 1.

    The newly recrowned champ is now set to defend his belt against Antonio Silva at UFC 160 in May.