Soa Palelei is now 3-0 since returning to the UFC roster.
On Saturday, "The Hulk" steamrolled UFC newcomer Ruan Potts in the first round. He's not beating ranked heavyweights, but Palelei will eventually find himself in title contention should he keep racking up the victories.
No heavyweights are set to compete at UFC 173, but Stipe Miocic will attempt to hold onto his Top 10 position when he meets light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado on May 31.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Fabricio Werdum
- Junior dos Santos
- Travis Browne
- Antonio Silva
- Josh Barnett
- Alistair Overeem
- Stipe Miocic
- Mark Hunt
- Roy Nelson
- Frank Mir
- Gabriel Gonzaga
- Stefan Struve
- Brendan Schaub (+1)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (-1)
- Soa Palelei (NR)
Daniel Cormier has his second light heavyweight bout coming up, so he no longer belongs in the heavyweight rankings. Some other fighters might be worthy of the No. 15 position, but replacing Cormier with Palelei was a good enough call.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has not won in a long time and looked bad against Roy Nelson, but it was a loss that many expected against a more highly ranked adversary.
"Minotauro" has lost to Top 10 heavyweights Nelson, Fabricio Werdum and Frank Mir since knocking out Brendan Schaub in August 2011. Schaub has only beaten unranked fighters Matt Mitrione and Lavar Johnson since that loss, so he hasn't earned a spot above Nogueira.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC Fight Night 40 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 15 Soa Palelei defeated Ruan Potts by (T)KO in the first round.
UFC 173 Heavyweight Fights