|3||Fedor Emelianenko||89||M-1 Global / Strikeforce||3|
|5||Junior dos Santos||84||UFC||5|
|9||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||70||UFC||9|
|18||Pedro Rizzo||21||Free Agent||18|
|23||Tim Sylvia||17||Free Agent||24|
|25||Jeff Monson||13||Free Agent||26|
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
There hasn't been a whole lot of good news for fans of heavyweight MMA lately.
#1 Cain Velasquez is out for six to eight months for shoulder surgery.
#2 Brock Lesnar hasn't been heard from since his loss to Velasquez at UFC 121. The rumors are mounting as to Lesnar's next move.
#7 Frank Mir is hoping Lesnar will coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Mir. That will set up a lucrative rubber match for the pair.
#5 Junior Dos Santos is a possible alternative to Lesnar. JDS was next to fight Cain for the title, but he could face Mir or Lesnar for an interim belt.
#3 Fedor Emelianenko has been torturing Strikeforce with interminable contract renegotiations and may fight in February. It's doubtful that he'll face Strikeforce champ #8 Alistair Overeem.
If they can actually pull it off, the rumored Strikeforce heavyweight tournament possibly featuring Fedor, Overeem, #4 Fabricio Werdum, #10 Antonio Silva, #11 Josh Barnett, #12 Brett Rogers, #16 Andrei Arlovski and Sergei Kharitonov could dramatically impact the rankings in this division.
Given the UFC's sudden struggles at heavyweight -- Cain is out, Brock is exposed and may be holding out, Junior Dos Santos can't get a fight, #6 Shane Carwin is injured, Mir isn't looking so hot, #14 Roy Nelson is in a contractual limbo -- Strikeforce is seemingly well positioned to leap frog into the dominant fight promotion at heavyweight IF they can actually pull off the tournament.
That won't be easy given Fedor, Werdum and Overeem's contractual and scheduling demands, Josh Barnett's difficulties with the licensing process after multiple failed drug tests, and the need for Rogers, Arlovski and Kharitonov to pick up some wins before their careers head permanently in the wrong direction.
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