|3||Fedor Emelianenko||89||M-1 Global / Strikeforce||3|
|5||Junior Dos Santos||85||UFC||5|
|9||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||69||UFC||9|
|18||Pedro Rizzo||25||Impact Fighting Championship||18|
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
With #1 Cain Velasquez out for up to eight months with rotator cuff surgery, the UFC had to do something big in the heavyweight division.
Especially since Strikeforce is suddenly making moves with their heavyweight tournament.
But Dana White came through big time by signing #2 Brock Lesnar and #5 Junior dos Santos to coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter and then face off in a #1 contender's match.
#3 Fedor Emelianeko will kick off the Strikeforce tournament in February against #10 Antonio Silva.
#17 Andrei Arlovski will face Sergei Kharitonov on that same card in the opposite tournament bracket.
#4 Fabricio Werdum and #7 Alistair Overeem will be the other first round bout in the Fedor/Silva bracket. No date has been set yet although April seems likely. Strikeforce boss Scott Coker has talked openly of holding that round in Canada or possibly even Japan.
If #11 Josh Barnett can face #12 Brett Rogers in Japan that will post-pone Barnett's day of reckoning with American fighting commissions.
#8 Frank Mir is on to face #14 Roy Nelson at UFC 130.
#6 Shane Carwin and #15 Cheick Kongo are both rumored to be looking at returning at UFC 131, possibly against one another.
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