#26 Tim ‘The Maine-iac’ Sylvia (6'8 260 pounds)
the 32 year-old Sylvia is the former UFC heavyweight champion. He has compiled a 24-4 record. He has noteworthy wins over Andre Arlovski, Ben Rothwell and Brandon Vera. All 4 of his losses have come against top tier opponents (Frank Mir, Randy Couture, Andre Arlovski, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira).
Sylvia recently signed with Affliction and will be fighting Fedor Emelianenko on July 19th. A win over Emelianenko could vault Sylvia into my top 20.
#25 Dan ‘Hollywood’ Henderson (6'1 183 pounds)
The 37 yeard-old former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has compiled a 22-7 record. He has lost his last two fights to Anderson Silva and Quinton Jackson. He has noteworthy wins over Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Renzo Gracie and Murilo Rua.
Henderson is still signed with the UFC, but at this time he does not have an opponent scheduled for his next fight.
#24 Ken ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Man’ Shamrock (6'1 235 pounds)
The 44 year-old Shamrock would be ranked higher if he had decided to retire six years ago when he lost for the first time versus Tito Ortiz, but he kept fighting. Shamrock is a big name in this sport, but he is typically over hyped in rankings because he has fought since the 1st UFC event.
Shamrock recently lost to Robert Berry at Cage Rage 25, it was his 5th consecutive loss.
#23 Tito Ortiz 'Huntington Beach Bad Boy' (6'2 205 pounds)
The 33 year old Ortiz is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He has a record of 15-6 overall. He has noteworthy wins over Forrest Griffin and Ken Shamrock. Ortiz lost his last fight to Machida and he is currently a free agent.
Ortiz had a falling out with UFC president Dana White during the last couple years of his contract.
Affliction or Elite XC are likely to sign Ortiz in the coming weeks.
#22 Frank Shamrock (5'10 185 pounds)
The younger brother of Ken Shamrock has had a long and illustrious MMA career. He has been the King of Pancraese, UFC Middleweight Champion and the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He has noteworthy wins over Bas Rutten, Tito Ortiz and Jeremy Horn. He currently has a 22-9 MMA record.
Shamrock, who is 35 years old, broke his arm against Cung Lee in March. He recently was one of the broadcasters for CBS at the Elite XC Primetime event. When Shamrock returns to Strikeforce a potential opponent for him could be Cung Lee.
# 21 Uriaj Faber (5'6 140 pounds)
Faber is finally becoming a household name. He has compiled a 20-1 record with his lone loss coming to Tyson Griffin. The reason why he is not more known is because he fights in a lower weight class and he fights in a smaller mma orgainization the WEC
Faber recently defeated Jens Pulver on June 1st.