As a fight fan, I like to watch any fighter of any weight class, just as long as there is excitement in the fight. But without a doubt, the heavyweights catch my attention the most.
Their size, strength, and quickness to end fights is what is so exciting about watching them. You never know what is going to happen in a fight with heavyweights.
What's even more amazing is that the heavyweights of today, are enormous, fast and have the cardio to fight all day.
One of my friends said to me "That no one in the UFC's heavyweight division will hold the belt, especially with all the talent that there is now." At first I thought he was just bullshitting, but now I have a feeling he was right.
Here is who I think is the UFC's Top 10 Heavyweights are at this present moment. Please note that this is an opinion piece and not the representation of the UFC.
Outside of the Top 10 Heavyweights in the UFC, there are the men who are trying to move up the ladder of the division.
Ben Rothwell: A young talented fighter the UFC recently signed, but his welcome to the UFC didn't go so well.
From start to finish, Cain Velasquez ran over Rothwell at UFC 104. Maybe Rothwell can turn things around against Gilbert Yvel in his next fight and start going in the right direction towards the heavyweight title.
Todd Duffee: Duffee is a young prospect that opened the eyes of many fight fans with his UFC debut. He knocked out Tim Hague, a 6'4 265 lb. monster, in just 7 seconds.
Many people are claiming he is going to fight Lesnar in the future, but I think his debut might have been a easy win over a lesser opponent. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see what happens to Mr. Duffee next.
Gilbert Yvel: This Dutch kickboxer is definitely one of the best acquisitions the UFC has ever made. But, I feel it may be at the wrong time. Yvel has always been known as a phenomenal striker that can fight with the best, but after seeing his last few performances, I feel his best days are behind him and he won't be a threat in the heavyweight division anytime soon.
Especially since he is one of the smaller guys. (Please take into considerations that Yvel is 6'2 and usually weighs in at 245 lbs.)
Stefan Struve: The Skyscraper has got the potential to be a threat in the division in the future. But not just yet. He's still young and has to improve his gameplan.
Right now, he's just a submission specialist and needs to stick to that. As long as he doesn't try to throw hands in close quarters, he won't get knocked out again by guys like Junior Dos Santos or Roy Nelson.
Pat Barry: This guy is definitely a hot prospect in the UFC, but clearly has a lot to learn. You can't be a one dimensional fighter in MMA anymore.
I will admit his kickboxing is incredible and he made a good impression on me the first time I saw him, but he still has to learn all aspects of the game to be a major threat for the title.
Don't let his appearance fool you, people. This guy is a force to be reckoned with in the UFC.
Most people feel if Nelson actually got into shape, he could fight at light heavy or even middleweight. But I see different. I feel if you can knockout a heavyweight, you can fight at heavyweight.
Roy Nelson feels he belongs at the top of the division, but with the way the division is now, I doubt he'll ever get there.
Possible Opponents: Frank Mir, Gabriel Gonzaga, Cheick Kongo, Minotauro Nogueira
Although his best days are behind him, Cro Cop is still a wrecking machine. He'll never get the UFC title since he's lost to 3 of the UFC's Best: Gabriel Gonzaga, Cheick Kongo, and Junior Dos Santos.
But he can still be a threat to any heavyweight if he can return to the top form he used to be in Pride and K-1.
Cro Cop's biggest problem is that he is a kickboxer and he doesn't kick anymore.
Right now, his next test is against one of the UFC's new prospects, Pat Barry. That fight will end by knockout or TKO.
This is the perfect opportunity for Mirko to put on his display of the kickboxing that made him famous.
Next Fight: Pat Barry
When Gonzaga was acquired by the UFC, the division was very shallow. But that doesn't change the fact that he is one of the best in the UFC and the best in the world.
He was relatively unknown when he fought Mirko Cro Cop for number one contendership at Randy Couture. But it's because of that fight, that made Gonzaga the superstar he is now.
He faced Couture at UFC 74 and clearly lost, but displayed a great amount of heart. Since then, he has fallen into a rut.
Losing to the new heavyweights like Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos. I feel Gonzaga can be champion someday, but he is starting to make mistakes in his fights that leave him open to be knocked out.
I think it's time for a change of training camp for Gonzaga. Maybe he should go to Greg Jackson's Gym or Team Black House
Possible Opponents: Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, Minotauro Nogueira
I know this may be a shock to some people, but Kongo is definitely one of the best Heavyweights out there and deserves his spot in the top 10 of the UFC.
He had some trouble after losing to Velasquez and Mir but now he has stopped himself from falling by taking out Paul Buentello.
He was once a one dimensional kickboxer like Cro Cop, but he's starting to evolve his game plan in MMA. He is now a Blue Belt in BJJ and has improved his wrestling by leaps and bounds.
I can see him wearing the belt someday, but for now, he needs to take things slowly. If you want to see the wrecking machine Kongo truly is, look for his old fights on Youtube.
Possible Opponents: Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Minotauro Nogueira, Junior Dos Santos
Do I really have to say anything? Big Nog is a legend in the sport and possibly the greatest of all time, next to Fedor.
He hasn't been the fighter he was in Pride since joing the UFC, but he is definitely still a threat.
There's a possibility for Big Nog to wear the heavyweight belt in the UFC, he just needs to adjust his fighting style.
The one thing I've noticed about Nogueira is that as good as his boxing is, he still has no head movement, which is why he has taken so much damage in the past and got knocked out by Mir and Velasquez..
Just give Big Nog some head movement and you'll see a potential threat at Lesnar.
Possible Opponents: Frank Mir, Cheick Kongo, Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, Mirko Cro Cop
Frank Mir. . . .What can I say about him? Big, BJJ expert, good kickboxing as far as his talent goes.
But he's also a big mouth, very arrogant, and the tool of the heavyweight division. As much as I can't stand him, I can't deny that he is a good fighter.
But his time to be champion is long gone. He lost to the current champ Brock Lesnar, current interim champ Shane Carwin, and will most likely lose to the UFC's other top dogs Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
Then again, Mir can surprise us all and maybe defeat one of these goliaths of the division.
Possible Opponents: Cheick Kongo, Minotauro Nogueira, Gabriel Gonzaga, Junior Dos Santos, Roy Nelson
Another hot prospect just like Cain Velasquez, with incredible Boxing. But that's all we've seen so far. For all we know, a good wrestler could run all over him or a top BJJ expert like Big Nog or Mir could tap him out in a second.
His Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is currently in question. Some sources say he is a brown belt under the Nogueira Brothers, while the UFC has stated that he is a purple belt.
As of right now, he doesn't need any BJJ or wrestling because he's been steamrolling his opponents with just his boxing.
Those crisp hard punches might be the solution to take down a guy like Lesnar, whose combinations aren't that good.
Possible Opponents: Frank Mir, Cheick Kongo, Cain Velasquez, The loser of Carwin/Lesnar
Cain Velasquez is by far one of my favorites and one of the most impressive fighters I have ever seen.
He is a collegiate wrestler, with good kickboxing skills, knockout power in his hands, a granite chin, cardio, and learning the trade of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
He's already a purple belt in BJJ and he only started a little while ago. After seeing his domination of Kongo and Rothwell, I felt he had a great chance against Big Nog.
But after seeing his destruction of Big Nog in 2 minutes, I wanted more. I believe this is the future heavyweight champ and he will rule the division for a long time.
Possible Opponents: Junior Dos Santos, Frank Mir, The winner of Carwin/Lesnar
Shane Carwin's talent was suspect going into both UFC 96 and 111. But after witnessing his dismantling of Frank Mir inside the Prudential Center, I know now that he is for real.
I can't wait to see this behemoth clash with the titan known as Brock Lesnar.
Next Opponent: Brock Lesnar
The 800-pound Gorilla sitting on top of the heavyweight division.
My uncle seems to think Brock will remain champ for a long time because of his sheer size. Now I must admit, I have become a fan of Brock Lesnar because he really is a decent person. He is just good at playing the bad guy.
But he has major flaws still. His stand up is ok against a guy like Couture. But what's going to happen when he faces guys like Carwin, Velasquez, and JDS who have serious knockout power.
His wrestling is incredible, but what if he fights a guy he can't take down, like Velasquez or Carwin. What will happen to Brock if somebody puts him on his back? I don't know and we'll just have to wait and see.
I was excited to see the new Clash of the Titans film, but the Clash of the Titans I want to see is Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin this summer.
Next opponent: Shane Carwin