UFC Fight Night 26 Results: Top 10 Heavyweights in the UFC
Travis Browne has caused another reorganization of the UFC heavyweight rankings.
With his come-from-behind knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC Fight Night 26, Browne is now a serious contender in the heavyweight division. Overeem, meanwhile, has fallen from a scheduled title shot to now being in danger of receiving his pink slip.
The demise of Overeem has created a new landscape in the heavyweight division. Champion Cain Velasquez and former titleholder Junior dos Santos now appear to stand head and shoulders over the rest of the field.
Following Browne's victory on Saturday, here are the top 10 heavyweights on the UFC roster.
10. Mark Hunt
After being knocked out by Junior dos Santos, Mark Hunt is now hanging onto a top-10 position by a thread.
Still, the four-fight winning streak that put him in a position to meet dos Santos should keep Hunt among the top contenders in the heavyweight division. Hunt stopped Struve on that run, and "Skyscraper" is among the best to miss these top-10 rankings.
Hunt does not have a fight scheduled, but the 39-year-old should still have a few good scraps left in him before his Cinderella story finally comes to an end.
9. Alistair Overeem
As badly as he's been knocked out in his past two fights, Alistair Overeem is still one of the better heavyweights in the world.
After all, Overeem was beating Antonio Silva and Travis Browne prior to being stopped by them in 2013. Before those losses, Overeem hadn't been defeated since September 2007.
With wins over Brock Lesnar, Mark Hunt and others during that long undefeated streak, Overeem still has the resume of an elite fighter in the shallow heavyweight class.
8. Travis Browne
With his knockout of Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne has regained the momentum he lost by suffering a mid-fight knee injury against Antonio Silva.
Though it's too soon to move him ahead of Silva, who also knocked out Overeem recently, Browne is likely within a win or two of challenging for a UFC championship.
In eight UFC appearances, Browne has only suffered one loss.
7. Antonio Silva
After suffering a second loss to Cain Velasquez, Antonio Silva probably won't be getting another title shot anytime soon. However, he does own one of the best recent resumes in the heavyweight division.
Since joining the UFC roster, Silva has only lost to Velasquez.
In his other two Octagon appearances, "Bigfoot" finished Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne in brutal fashion.
6. Josh Barnett
Josh Barnett hasn't stepped into the Octagon since March 2002, but he's been on quite a run following his departure from Pride FC.
In his past 10 fights, Barnett has only lost to Daniel Cormier.
Unlike Antonio Silva, Barnett was also able to take Cormier to the scorecards. "Bigfoot" was knocked out by the American Kickboxing Academy standout in the first round.
5. Frank Mir
Despite back-to-back losses, Frank Mir is still chugging along as a top UFC heavyweight nearly 12 years after debuting with the promotion.
Before losing to two of the very best in Junior dos Santos and Daniel Cormier, Mir was on quite a run toward the top.
With wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Roy Nelson, Mir showed he can beat most everyone outside the top five in the heavyweight class.
4. Fabricio Werdum
Since losing to Alistair Overeem in his final Strikeforce bout, Fabricio Werdum seems to have taken his game to a new level.
With three straight dominant performances inside the Octagon, Werdum has separated himself as one of the top candidates to meet the winner of an upcoming title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
Across his past six fights, Werdum has beaten Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Roy Nelson, Mike Russow and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
3. Daniel Cormier
Though undefeated in the heavyweight division, Daniel Cormier seems to have his eyes set on the 205-pound division.
Cormier entered the UFC with wins over Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett and others. Then, he added Frank Mir to the list of opponents he's beaten. However, with training partner Cain Velasquez holding the heavyweight championship, Cormier may move to light heavyweight following his upcoming bout with Roy Nelson.
If Cormier beats Nelson impressively, though, many may consider him the second-best heavyweight in the world should he decide to stay.
2. Junior dos Santos
Only Cain Velasquez stands between Junior dos Santos and the heavyweight championship.
Since he joined the UFC roster around five years ago, dos Santos has only been beaten by Velasquez, whom the Brazilian has also knocked out on one occasion.
With wins over Velasquez, Frank Mir, Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson and many more, dos Santos is clearly the second-best heavyweight in the world and may be No. 1 again shortly.
1. Cain Velasquez
Cain Velasquez could have a long title reign ahead of him if he can come out on the right side of a rubber match with Junior dos Santos.
Dos Santos is the only fighter to beat Velasquez. So, if the champion can beat the Brazilian for a second straight time, he shouldn't have to deal with "Cigano" for at least a few more title defenses.
With Daniel Cormier seemingly not willing to fight Velasquez, the champion would be a massive favorite over just about any contender other than dos Santos.