Well as I'm new to this article writing malarkey and am very new to this website, I thought that I should start off with my opinion of who I think are the best heavyweights in MMA, simply because it's probably the easiest article I could write.
Today's heavyweight division is probably the strongest there has ever been in MMA.
So with that in mind, and the fact that we probably will never know for certain who the top ten heavyweights in the world are, unless by some crazy turn of events Dana White and Scott Coker decided it was about time they got together (in a non gay way....or maybe even a gay way would help them unite the promotions), these are in my opinions on who the the top ten heavyweight fighters are today.
Everyone can probably guess who No. 1 will be, but read ahead and you may be surprised!
Feel free to list who your top 10 would be at the end.
Werdum will most likely be a top ten fighter for quite a while to come. However I don't feel like he will be able to go any higher than maybe eighth; that is, unless he causes a major upset and beats Fedor.
He's gone on a 2-0 winning streak after that devastating loss to up-and-coming Brazilian Junior Dos Santos.
That seems to be the story of Werdum's career: Every time he comes up against a real top heavyweight, with the exception of Overeem, he seems to lose it.
Unless he can defeat another top 10 heavyweight, then he is destined to remain on the fringes of the top ten in MMA.
Shane Carwin is a very good up-and-coming fighter.
With an 11-0 record and a notable win against Gabriel Gonzaga, the reason he isn't higher is the fact that the opposition he's fought (with the exception of Gonzaga) haven't been the greatest of opponents. Even Gonzaga isn't a top 10 prospect yet.
This is understandable, however, as Carwin is relatively new to the MMA business; he needs a win over an MMA great in order to put him further up the list.
The fights he's had, however, have been very impressive, with him winning them all in the first round. Should he beat Mir at UFC 111 and go on to face Lesnar, I personally think his chances of winning are very slim.
Brett Rodgers is above Shane Carwin for a number of reasons.
The number one reason is that, unlike Carwin, Rodgers has beaten top ten heavyweight Andrei Arlovski.
Even if Arlovski wasn't at his best for that fight, Rodgers still knocked him out 22 seconds into the first round, and that's gotta be worth something.
He also went up against Fedor and put up an incredibly good fight even if he did lose in the end.
I'd like to see Rogers' next fight test him further; possibly against another big man, like Antonio Silva.
Well, before UFC 110, I would have put Big Nog further up the list. However, the devastating defeat at the hands of Cain Velasquez have dropped him a few places.
The two things that have stopped him from falling off of the top 10 board completely are his previous win over Randy Couture, and his historic record, 32-6.
In his time he has beaten notable fighters such as Tim Sylvia, Heath Herring, Josh Barnett, Fabricio Werdum, Dan Henderson, Mark Coleman, and Mirko Cro-cop.
However, a brilliant record isn't enough if you start to lose more recent fights (especially if you're known for never being knocked out) and then you get knocked out in two of your last three fights.
Overeem appears to be getting bigger every day.
The amount of muscle he has developed over the last few years have helped to turn Overeem into an even more dangerous fighter.
In fact, he's currently on a seven fight winning streak.
However, that seven fight winning streak can be somewhat deceiving, as the level of competition he has faced hasn't been the best. He hasn't even fought in Strikeforce to defend his title since 2007.
I feel I'm being quite generous putting him at number six, as he hasn't really proved what he can do lately.
That said, he has been dominant in all of his latest matches, as should have been expected. With Overeem's skill set, he should have been a lot higher than he is, but he hasn't been facing the right competition.
Dos Santos has an impressive record of 10-1 in MMA and an even more impressive record of 18-0 in kickboxing.
What stands Dos Santos out above the rest of the heavyweight pack is the ferocity of his wins.
He knocked out Werdum with a devastating uppercut, and defeated Stefan Struve in a very quick time, which is no easy feat.
He also defeated an aging Mirko Cro-cop, which, despite his most recent form, isn't an entirely easy thing to do.
Another factor which has helped Dos Santos become so devastating is the fact that he's being mentored by Big Nog and the amazing Anderson Silva.
He should win his upcoming fight against Gonzaga and hopefully then he will be matched against some one of the other hot new prospects like Velasquez.
Velasquez has just been getting better and better, and his most recent win over Big Nog is testament to that.
He completely destroyed Big Nog, giving him his first ever indisputable knockout.
Not only that but he has proved that he can beat fighters of all different sizes and fighting backgrounds. He completely smashed Ben Rothwell, who is one of the biggest heavyweights in the division, and also defeated Cheick Kongo who is a very versatile striker.
But what has really pushed him to that next level is his win over one of the biggest legends of the sport, who is still a dangerous fighter today, Big Nog.
With knockout power and incredible wrestling skills, Velasquez has proved to be the full package.
(The picture was picked as it was the only one I could find, not because I hate Frank Mir.)
Well actually, I'm not his biggest fan. But one thing that cannot be denied is his talent.
Mir is the first person to defeat the massive Brock Lesnar. Admittedly, he was being destroyed before he managed to submit Lesnar, but that is testament to Mir's ability in the Octagon. He was able to reverse an almost certain defeat and turn it into win.
Mir also has recent wins over Big Nog and Cheick Knogo. He is definitely one of the best heavyweights when it comes to submissions, which makes him a dangerous opponent to anyone.
Recently he changed his entire training schedule in order to bulk up for his next meet with Brock Lesnar. Whether or not this will help at all is hard to say, but his match against Shane Carwin will help tell us whether or not he has what it takes to beat Brock.
Brock Lesnar is very big, very strong, and a very good amateur wrestler; all traits which have helped him to become the UFC heavyweight champion.
When Brock came to the UFC, he went straight into fighting the best at the time.
First he fought Mir and lost, but many considered the loss a complete upset, and Brock would prove it true by completely destroying Mir at UFC 100.
He also has defeated Couture and Herring, and in both looked very dangerous.
Since then he has been injured for a long time, but will soon be making a return. He may even be more powerful after his comeback.
Brock hasn't entirely proved himself in this division yet, as he only has five fights under his belt. But being the UFC champion does count for something and when you've looked as dominant as Brock. It's hard to not consider him one of the best in the world.
Next for him is either Carwin or Mir, but I think that the real test for him will be fellow amateur wrestler Cain Velasquez.
Only kidding, this I'm afraid for Zulu, will never happen. I think we all know who the number one will be.
Fedor, in my mind, is the best fighter in the world.
He has a wealth of experience over Brock Lesnar at the moment. While Brock has a 4-1 record, Fedor has a 32-1 record, with wins over fighters like Arona, Schall, Heath Herring, Mirko Cro-cop, Kevin Randleman, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Brett Rodgers, including two wins over Big Nog, and two over Mark Coleman.
However, experience isn't everything as the Big Nog-Velasquez match proved.
When it comes to punching power, Fedor proved in his last three matches, two of which were against former UFC champions, that he has incredible knockout power.
He proved against possibly the best ground fighter, Big Nog, that he has very good ground-and-pound skills by completely decimating him twice. He has also showed that his submission skills are very good by submitting many opponents.
Personally, I feel that it was a bad move for Fedor to go to Strikeforce, as the UFC does have a better heavyweight division, but I don't think that it was actually entirely his decision, as his promoters seem to have had a lot of say in the matter.
One key thing to note is that Fedor is a lot higher on this list than current Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem, because it's probably just a matter of time before Fedor defeats him as well.