UFC 146: Dos Santos Vs. Mir Results - Heavyweight Rankings Fallout

May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Junior Dos Santos reacts after defeating Frank Mir (not pictured) during the UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

UFC 146 saw an all-heavyweight main card a week after the end of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix and the night after Cole Konrad defended his Bellator heavyweight title.

This has been one of the biggest two week periods in heavyweight history and, as such, it's worth taking a look at the rankings to see how things will shake out. So let's take a look at all the heavyweights who have fought over these two weeks (and some who haven't) and see how the division looks going forward. We'll use the best rankings in the sport, the USA Today / SB Nation Consensus Rankings.


- #1 Junior dos Santos - Rising may be "wrong" in terms of the number-one guy not being able to "rise" any further. But, with many people feeling you need to defend your title successfully to "truly" be champion, Junior got that title defense out of the way in emphatic fashion.

- #2 Cain Velasquez - Similar to Junior, he's more "holding steady" but any concerns that Cain's career would crumble on the back of his loss to Junior are gone as he demolished Antonio Silva.

- #6 Daniel Cormier - Completely dominated Josh Barnett to earn a well deserved top 5 heavyweight spot.

- #14 Roy Nelson - I don't know that Roy deserves to be higher than 14, but beating Dave Herman kind of re-establishes him as the "not quite top-10 but not a bad fighter" that he is.

- #18 Cole Konrad - He was dominant enough against arguably the best opponent Bellator has to offer. I have no clue what there is left for him outside of the UFC at this point, but he can enjoy a solid win for a little while before we freak out about it.

- #19 Stefan Struve - Lavar Johnson was a flawed opponent and certainly not as tough as Mark Hunt would have been, but Struve fought smart and took a pretty easy win. I have a feeling Struve might end his career with the most UFC fights ever.

- Unranked Stipe Miocic - Shane del Rosario is a tough fighter and Miocic survived a rocky first round to take him down and dominate in the second. It was impressive enough that Miocic should check in in the top 25 in the next rankings.


- #3 Alistair Overeem - I'm an advocate of removing fighters who receive lengthy drug test related suspensions from rankings. The NSAC took it easy on Overeem, and Dana White made it clear that he gets to "keep his spot" in the divisional hierarchy when he comes back. But I'm not so generous.

- #4 Frank Mir - No one should take anything away from Mir, who has had a great career. He has a lot of talent and all, but I think it may be time to move him down the rankings a tick.

- #7 Shane Carwin - I also remove guys from rankings after a year of inactivity (it's the right thing to do). Shane hits that mark in just a couple weeks.

- #9 Josh Barnett - Josh's reputation and prior failings will always haunt him. He fought hard with a badly broken hand against Cormier, but he was also roundly dominated. Last night he tweeted some nonsense about people being crazy if they don't have him in their top four heavyweights. Call me crazy.

- #10 Antonio Silva - Trounced by Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier (guys with reputations as "not big heavyweights"), being big isn't impressive without the results. Yeah, he crushed Fedor, but that only goes so far at this point.

- #11 Fedor Emelianenko - Says he is going to retire after fighting Pedro Rizzo. It's a pointless fight made more irrelevant by the fact that the fallout doesn't matter if Fedor retires afterward.

That's it! The division is reshaping itself in front of our eyes. It may be completely unrecognizable just a year from today.

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