UFC 128 Results: Ranking the Top 10 Heavyweights in the UFC
Last night was one of the best cards of the year.
Brendan Schaub showed that he is going to be a player in the heavyweight division.
Jim Miller made another statement for a title shot.
Urijah Faber set up a rematch with Dominick Cruz.
Jon Jones won the UFC Light Heavyweight title from Mauricio Rua.
So with Schaub possibly ending Mirko Cro Cop's career, it's about time he ends up on the top-10 UFC heavyweights list. Here is that list now.
10. Pat Barry
Pat Barry (6-2) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Joey Beltran.
In the fight against Beltran, Barry nearly won via leg kicks, as Beltran could almost not stand on his lead leg anymore.
Barry is set to fight Cheick Kongo at UFC on Versus 4 in what is sure to be a great slugfest.
9. Dave Herman
Dave Herman (20-2) has not yet fought in the UFC, although when he does debut, he is sure to make waves.
Through Herman's first 15 fights, he had 15 finishes, and 14 of them in the first round.
Ever since then, he has had seven fights, five wins (four finishes) and two losses (one DQ).
Herman is set to make his UFC debut against Rob Broughton at UFC 131.
8. Brendan Schaub
Brendan Schaub (8-1) is currently on a four-fight winning streak and was the runner up in the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
In Schaub's fight on Saturday night at UFC 128, he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop in the third round.
Schaub has now fought five times in the UFC, going 4-1. His only loss was against Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights finale.
Schaub's next fight will hopefully be against a top-10 opponent.
7. Stefan Struve
Stefan Struve (21-4) is currently on a two-fight win streak, both finishes.
Struve is one of the brightest prospects in the UFC, and he could be a strong contender in the future.
Struve is the tallest fighter in the UFC, standing at 6'11'', and an imposing person to fight against.
Struve's two losses inside the UFC have come at the hands of Roy Nelson and Junior dos Santos, but he has been improving with every fight.
His next fight will be against Travis Browne at UFC 130.
6. Roy Nelson
Roy Nelson (15-5) is the The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner, and the last IFL Heavyweight Champion.
Nelson won season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter when he knocked out Brendan Schaub.
In his last fight, he lost a unanimous decision to Junior dos Santos, in which he never really posed a threat.
Nelson was out for quite a while due to a contract dispute, but now that has been resolved, and he is set to fight Frank Mir at UFC 130.
A few years back, these two had a bout at a jiu-jitsu competition, with Nelson coming out on top.
Maybe it will come down to that again.
5. Frank Mir
Frank Mir (14-5) is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion.
In Mir's last fight, he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop in the third round in a fight that was largely uneventful and boring.
Mir's next fight is set to be against Roy Nelson at UFC 130.
4. Shane Carwin
Shane Carwin (12-1) is a former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Carwin's last fight was against Brock Lesnar for the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship, in which he lost in the second round via arm triangle choke when he was severely gassed out.
Carwin has been out since that fight with a back injury, and he is expected to return to the Octagon at UFC 131.
3. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar (5-2) is the former UFC Heavyweight Champion.
In Lesnar's last fight, he was embarrassed by Cain Velasquez on his way to a TKO loss, and the loss of his belt.
Lesnar is now coaching opposite Junior dos Santos on The Ultimate Fighter.
When these two fight, it will be for No. 1 contendership to the heavyweight title.
2. Junior Dos Santos
Junior dos Santos (12-1) is currently on a seven-fight win streak.
In his last fight, he won a unanimous decision over Roy Nelson. In that fight, he was in no trouble whatsoever, as he easily handled Nelson.
That fight was supposed to be a title eliminator fight, but after the injury to the champion, and dos Santos not wanting to wait to fight, he was chosen to coach opposite Lesnar on The Ultimate Fighter.
Dos Santos and Lesnar will now fight at UFC 131 for the No. 1 contender spot.
1. Cain Velasquez
Cain Velasquez (9-0) is the current UFC Heavyweight Champion.
In Velasquez's last fight, he TKO'd Brock Lesnar in the first round to win the belt.
Velasquez was originally set to defend his title against Junior dos Santos, but after a torn rotator cuff, he was put on the shelf for awhile.
No specific date has been set, although Velasquez hopes to be back in the fall to defend the title against the winner of Junior dos Santos and Brock Lesnar.