If there's one division the SB Nation panelists can generally agree on, it's the big guys. Is it because heavyweight might be the thinnest division (no pun intended) in MMA? Maybe. But it's nice to see some consensus between the six of us every so often. Unfortunately that doesn't leave a lot of room for debate from the masses, but there's a flip side to everything.
As usual, our panel consists of two members from each of the three SB Nation MMA sites - Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle from MMA Fighting; Thomas Myers and Brian Hemminger from MMA Mania; and finally, Dallas Winston and yours truly from Bloody Elbow. Check out the fancy chart below to see where we had everyone at:
(Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission or company suspension are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues. At the moment, this does not currently affect any heavyweight fighters generally considered to be Top-10 caliber).
Our top five is completely unchanged since the last time we did these rankings a few months ago, and we all agree on where everyone stands. Cain Velasquez will try to hold onto his number one ranking when he faces off with number two Junior dos Santos at UFC 166, while number three Daniel Cormier will face off with the guy at number 10, Roy Nelson, on the same card.
Travis Browne is the man that did the most climbing since our last HW assessment, moving into the top 10 for the first time at the six spot. All six of us agreed with that after his win over Alistair Overeem at UFC Fight Night 26 last weekend. Frank Mir stayed steady in the seven spot, while Josh Barnett climbed one to eight. Speaking of Overeem, he plummeted to the nine spot, with two panelists not ranking him at all. Nelson held off the guy that most recently defeated him, Stipe Miocic, for the 10 spot. Miocic, Mark Hunt, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira also received votes.
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