Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport
At UFC Fight Night 37: Macau, Matt Mitrione and Shawn Jordan will both be looking to rebound.
In his most recent outing, Mitrione suffered a submission loss to Brendan Schaub, who now owns a spot among the Top 15 UFC heavyweights. Jordan, meanwhile, was steamrolled by Gabriel Gonzaga in his latest showing.
Both fighters are a few wins away, but with now-light heavyweight Daniel Cormier plummeting in the heavyweight rankings, a spot in the Top 15 is still somehow within grasp.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Fabricio Werdum
- Travis Browne
- Antonio Silva (+1)
- Josh Barnett (+1)
- Alistair Overeem (+1)
- Stipe Miocic (+1)
- Mark Hunt (+1)
- Roy Nelson (+1)
- Frank Mir (+1)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+2)
- Gabriel Gonzaga
- Daniel Cormier (-9)
- Stefan Struve
- Brendan Schaub
He's at a low point in his career, but Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira still has a stronger resume than Gonzaga.
Nogueira has a win over a Top 15 heavyweight within his past five fights, while Gonzaga has no UFC victories over any currently ranked heavyweights. That Top 15 win for Nogueira also came against Schaub, who temporarily bounced Gonzaga from the UFC roster in October 2010.
Many voters have made the reasonable decision to remove Cormier from their heavyweight rankings. However, because others still rank the American Kickboxing Academy fighter in the division, he's sitting in an odd spot below several opponents he defeated decisively.
Cormier seems content to make a run at 205 pounds, so he should be completely removed from the heavyweight rankings unless he announces a return.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC 170 Heavyweight Fights
UFC Fight Night 37: Macau Heavyweight Fights
- Matt Mitrione vs. Shawn Jordan