UFC 164 Results: Top 10 Heavyweights in the UFC

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2013

UFC 164 Results: Top 10 Heavyweights in the UFC

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    UFC 164 saw a big shakeup in the heavyweight rankings from top to bottom, as several bouts in the division took place Saturday.

    In the co-main event, Josh Barnett made a successful return to the UFC by smashing Frank Mir. Also on the main card, Ben Rothwell put down normal light heavyweight Brandon Vera with some good striking.

    On the undercard, Soa Palelei made his return to the Octagon in underwhelming fashion, desipte getting the win over Nikita Krylov.

    With all that, let's take a look at the heavyweight rankings in the aftermath of UFC 164.

10. Alistair Overeem

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    Last Fight: Knockout loss vs. Travis Browne

    Next Fight: n/a

    Once thought to be the next champion of the UFC after coming over from Strikeforce, Alistair Overeem is now the forgotten man in the heavyweight division.

    He dismantled Brock Lesnar in his debut, but went on to fail a drug test in the pre-fight test in his title bout. Since then, he has been knocked silly by Antonio Silva and Travis Browne.

    One more loss could spell the end for the Dutchman. The former K-1 champ needs a win desperately to stay relevant in anybody's mind.

9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

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    Last Fight: Submission loss vs. Fabricio Werdum

    Next Fight: n/a

    Perhaps age is finally catching up with one of the all-time greats in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He has faltered against top competition lately in pretty devastating fashion.

    He had his arm mangled by Frank Mir not long ago, but was able to gain back some momentum by tapping out the lowly Dave Herman. Then he had his arm banged up again when he got submitted by Fabricio Werdum.

    Nogueira is still at the top end of the division, but he is far from a title shot. We'll see where he goes when he heals.

8. Frank Mir

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    Last Fight: Knockout loss vs. Josh Barnett

    Next Fight: n/a

    Ah, Francisco!

    Frank Mir may have been the victim of an early stoppage at UFC 164, but let's face it, the man was in trouble. Taking heavy blows from Josh Barnett, he simply looked like the lesser man that night.

    Mir is in a dangerous spot now, as the former heavyweight champ has lost three straight, albeit to top-flight competition. The longtime vet now finds himself with a lot of questions that need to be answered.

    Will he hang up the gloves or will he attempt to regain some glory? We will have to see in the near future.

7. Travis Browne

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Alistair Overeem

    Next Fight: n/a

    Travis Browne, despite his hiccup to Antonio Silva, looks like the future of the division. His loss to the aforementioned Silva came as a result of a knee injury that led to his demise, so that fight really could have gone to him.

    A 6'7" power striker, Browne just recently front kicked Alistair Overeem into near obscurity. If he can keep up those performances, the sky is the limit for Hapa.

    He has nothing on his plate right now, but a rematch with Silva or a date with the Daniel Cormier-Roy Nelson winner would be cool with me.

6. Antonio Silva

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    Last Fight: Knockout loss vs. Cain Velasquez

    Next Fight: n/a

    Antonio Silva has not fought since his failed bid at the title against Cain Velasquez, but he has already exceeded expectations in the Octagon.

    Few people thought Silva would beat Alistair Overeem. They didn't think he'd ever challenge for the title. Well, he did both.

    As we await his return, we do so with mixed feelings. Will he continue to exceed expectations or will he flop coming off his devastating title loss?

5. Josh Barnett

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Frank Mir

    Next Fight: n/a

    Welcome back to the UFC, Josh Barnett.

    The Warmaster bull-rushed his way back into the UFC spotlight Saturday night by slamming Frank Mir's face with knees and punches. The former UFC champion instantly threw his name into the title picture with the win—something many fans didn't think they'd ever see again.

    He's not next in line for the title, but perhaps a No. 1 contender bout with Fabricio Werdum would provide the next challenger.

4. Daniel Cormier

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Frank Mir

    Next Fight: vs. Roy Nelson at UFC 166

    Daniel Cormier is in a tough spot. Some think he's ready for a title shot at Cain Velasquez, but he doesn't want to fight his teammate.

    That has led to people thinking his bout at UFC 166 on Oct. 19 with Roy Nelson may be his last at heavyweight for a bit in an attempt to make a run at Jon Jones at light heavyweight.

    Whatever the case may be, he does have Nelson in front of him right now in the first-ever bout signed contractually on a napkin.

3. Fabricio Werdum

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    Last Fight: Submission win vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

    Next Fight: n/a

    Perhaps next in line for a title shot in most people's minds, Fabricio Werdum has made the most of his return to the Octagon since leaving for Strikeforce some years ago.

    The most dangerous submission fighter in the heavyweight ranks, Werdum has tightened up his striking to really become a well-rounded individual. His skill set now rivals anyone in the heavyweight division, including the two top men that will fight each other in October.

2. Junior Dos Santos

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Mark Hunt

    Next Fight: vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 166

    Former champion Junior dos Santos is looking at getting his title back in a rubber match with Cain Velasquez. He gets that opportunity on the heels of a spinning hook kick that broke through the diamond chin of Mark Hunt.

    He is hoping that this third bout goes as their first encounter did, where he knocked out the champion in just over a minute. The Brazilian would love to get some revenge from that last fight in one of the most competitive heavyweight rivalries in UFC history.

1. Cain Velasquez

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Antonio Silva

    Next Fight: vs. Junior dos Santos at UFC 166

    Obviously, the champion is No. 1. Cain Velasquez, other than his slip-up in his first fight with Junior dos Santos, has been a dominant force in the UFC.

    He knocks people out with his boxing, outworks guys with his superior cardio and has great wrestling. If he added a submission arsenal to his game, he would be unstoppable.