Top 9 MMA Heavyweights
#9: Daniel Cormier (9 – 0)
Cormier is a standout wrestler who has transitioned nicely into MMA. He currently fights for Strikeforce but expect him to make the crossover to the UFC very soon. Because he started fighting so late in his life, he will be fighting his age as well as his opponents as he tried to become one of the best Heavyweight fighters.
#8: Fabricio Werdum (14 – 5)
Werdum is the guy who shocked the world by taking out Fedor for the first time in over 10 years. He followed that victory by defeating Antonio Silva who is also a very underrated fighter. Werdum is coming off a loss to Overeem and has already signed a contract to fight in the UFC. Look for his fan base to grow tremendously as he is an exciting fighter to all.
#7: Shane Carwin (12 – 2)
Shane Carwin is a beast. This guy jumped onto the scene and earned the UFC Interim Heavyweight title after just 3 fights. Since then he has unfortunately fallen victim to Lesnar and Dos Santos. Carwin is also old for this sport so he has a lot to still prove in his little time left.
#6: Frank Mir (15 – 5)
Frank Mir is the best BJJ practitioner on this list. An unfortunate motorcycle accident may be the only reason this guy hasn’t kept the Heavyweight belt around his waist for the past couple years. He is still rebounding from loses to Brock and Carwin, but Frank is currently on a 2-fight win streak. I expect Mir to make another run at the belt very soon.
#5: Josh Barnett (31 – 5)
A lot of fight fans will disagree with Barnett’s ranking here. Even though he had a rough fallout with the UFC after becoming the Heavyweight champ, this guy knows how to fight and he knows how to win. He might have the most experience out of any other fighter on this list. He is expected to fight Cormier sometime in 2012 when the both of them recover from injuries.
#4: Brock Lesnar (5 – 2)
It’s crazy to think that this guy has only been fighting MMA for 3 years. His freakish built and unmatchable strength make him one of the most feared men of all time. Injuries and illnesses have kept Lesnar sidelined for some time now, but a New Years matchup with Overeem will surely generate as much buzz as any other Heavyweight match in recent history.
#3: Alistair Overeem (35 – 11)
You might look at his 11 loses and question why he is so high on my list. But there is no denying that Overeem is most of the most dangerous men walking this Earth. He has been fighting for over a decade and has taken out some of the all time greats. I can’t wait to see him face off with Lesnar and make a run at the UFC belt.
#2: Cain Velasquez (9 – 1)
Cain seemed invincible as he ran through the UFC Heavyweight division to earn the title. But after falling victim to Dos Santos a couple weeks back, its back to the drawing board for Velasquez. The UFC surely has some great potential matchups for Cain as he looks to work his way back up the division ladder.
#1: Junior Dos Santos (14 -1)
Its crazy to think what Junior has done in the 2 years. He has taken out the best and he has proved that his hands might as well be hammers. His boxing skill set makes him a threat to anyone standing across from him in the Octagon. Dos Santos is undefeated in the UFC and will definitely have a good time defending his belt against all those aspiring to take him out.