|5||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||83||UFC||5|
|13||Junior dos Santos||33||UFC||14|
|19||Aleksander Emelianenko||22||Free Agent||18|
|21||Roy Nelson||20||Free Agent||20|
Rankings compiled by Richard.
There is no other division quite as in the grip of rumor and intrigue as the Heavyweights. A lot of this has to do with the uncertain fate of Affliction which controls the top three fighters in the division. #1 Fedor Emelianenko may fight #14 Jeff Monson at DREAM.10 but then again he may fight #9 Alistair Overeem. #3 Andrei Arlovski might fight #2 Josh Barnett on that same card or he may retire from MMA to box professionally. Don't hold your breath.
An alternate reality has Overeem defending his Strikeforce belt from #25 Brett Rogers at the June Strikeforce show. They have also signed #11 Fabricio Werdum but no word on what his first match will be.
Even more of the chaos is due to Zuffa's relatively weak grip on the division. Only 5 of the top 10 and 10 of the top 25 are under contract to the UFC. The final installment of the UFC mini-tournament will pit #4 Frank Mir against #6 Brock Lesnar will take place on July 11th at UFC 100. The opening round losers #5 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and #7 Randy Couture will meet at UFC 102.
#8 Tim Sylvia will next fight in a boxing match against ought-to-retire-already former champ Ray Mercer. w00t!
#10 Shane Carwin and #12 Cheick Kongo are both awaiting the winner of the Lesnar/Mir title fight. #13 Junior do Santos will have to dispatch the unranked Justin McCully before he gets a contender match.
Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings. We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to “normalize” the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Consensus Rankings.