Due to inactivity and retirement respectively, Josh Barnett and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueire are ineligible:
Top 10 Heavyweights (7/9/15)
1) Fabricio Werdum (1)
Fabricio Werdum is taking sometime off and is set to fight Cain Velasquez in a rematch sometime in the new year. Because of the altitude of Mexico City at which they fought, Werdum needs to prove it wasn’t a fluke.
2) Cain Velasquez (2)
It’s possible ring rust combined with the altitude is why Cain Velasquez didn’t seem like himself against Werdum. Assuming this next fight would be at a more normal altitude, it’s possible Velasquez might be a little more deadly.
3) Junior dos Santos (3)
Junior dos Santos will finally be facing Alistair Overeem in a long awaited bout at UFC on Fox 17 in December. This match up has been talked about for a long time but hasn’t happened for various issues until now.
4) Andrei Arlovski (4)
In his latest outing, Andrei Arlovski fought a very close fight with Frank Mir at UFC 191 on September 5th. Some could argue that this fight should’ve gone Mir’s way but as usual he shouldn’t have left it in the hands of the judges.
5) Travis Browne (5)
Travis Browne is just coming off of his UFC suspension and as of right now has no fight date or opponent yet. Coming off of a loss to Andrei Arlovski, Browne would need a win in order to stay relevant in the title picture.
6) Mark Hunt (6)
After a loss to Stipe Miocic, Mark Hunt will be getting a rematch with Antonio Silva on November 15th.
7) Alistair Overeem (7)
Alistair Overeem will finally face Junior dos Santos after the two have been scheduled several times in the past. This time it is scheduled for UFC on Fox in December and with the win, Overeem may finally be in title distance.
8) Ben Rothwell (10)
Coming off of a win against Matt Mitrione, Ben Rothwell will next be fighting Stipe Miocic on October 24th. Riding a three fight winning streak, victory against a name opponent could certainly make a title case for Rothwell.
9) Roy Nelson (8)
Roy Nelson will be facing Josh Barnett at UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson tomorrow on September 27th
10) Stipe Miocic (9)
Following his win over Mark Hunt, Stipe Miocic will be looking to take out Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 76 to continue his upward momentum in order to stay in the title picture and possibly gain a title shot in the future.
Heavyweight contenders list: Frank Mir, Vitaly Minakov, Jared Rosholt, Oleksiy Oilynyk, Stefan Struve