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Cain Velasquez tops the SB Nation heavyweight rankings

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Cain Velasquez's domination of Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 moves him into the #1 spot for the SB Nation heavyweight rankings.


Cain Velasquez's thrilling and dominant win over Junior dos Santos was obviously going to bring a new number one heavyweight to the SB Nation rankings and he unanimously took the spot in this newest edition.

Junior's fall from number one wasn't too severe at all, landing him in the number two, also unanimously.

In other big moves Roy Nelson jumped up two spots from No. 10 to No. 8 after knocking out Matt Mitrione. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, meanwhile, moved up a spot to No. 6 following his dismantling of Dave Herman. Beyond that, not much movement.

Alistair Overeem remains unavailable for ranking due to the official rankings policy that fighters who are actively serving suspensions can not be ranked. Overeem recently reapplied for his license in Nevada.


What's next in heavyweight land:

  • Cain likely awaits the return of Overeem. Overeem will fight Antonio Silva in his return -- assuming no licensing issues -- and a win almost certainly puts him in a title bout.
  • Junior is going to be on the sidelines for a while recovering from the beating he took.
  • Daniel Cormier has a gimmie fight in Strikeforce before he moves into the UFC, but Dana White recently put him into the discussion for a title shot at light heavyweight. So he may be out of the heavyweight ranks soon.
  • Nogueira and Werdum will coach against each other on the next edition of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil
  • Frank Mir will continue existing, waiting for a fight.
  • Roy Nelson joins Mir in the "wait and see" club.
  • Josh Barnett has a "who cares?" Strikeforce bout and then it's up to Dana White and the UFC if he'll be brought into the big show.
  • No. 10 Stephan Struve will be fighting Mark Hunt in March in a bout that basically determines who gets to hang out in that No. 10 spot.