||Junior dos Santos
||Josh Barnett (+1)
||Stipe Miocic (-1)
||Stefan Struve (+1)
||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (-1)
Stipe Miocic might have a little more momentum, but Josh Barnett is more deserving of a spot among the Top Five heavyweights.
As a former UFC champion, not only does Barnett have a longer track record of success in MMA, but he's also got a stronger resume over his past few fights. Before losing to Travis Browne, Barnett stopped Frank Mir in the first round. Mir holds a dominant win over Roy Nelson, who accounts for Miocic's most notable victory inside the Octagon.
If Barnett drops a second fight in a row, it could show he's really declining. However, a rough loss to the No. 3 heavyweight contender shouldn't erase the fact that The Warmaster has a slightly stronger record than Miocic does.
While it could be argued that Stefan Struve has looked better over recent performances, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has actually been competing. Until Struve gets back to action, he should probably be removed from the Top 15 rather than moving closer to the Top 10.
It has been 17 months since Struve last stepped into the Octagon, and he recently suffered another unfortunate setback that prevented him from fighting Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 in July. Hopefully, Struve finds a way to get his health and fighting career back on track, but it's hard to justify raising his position in the heavyweight rankings until that happens.