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MMAConvert’s April 2012 Rankings: Heavyweight

Here we go. The final weight class. The heavyweights.

To clear up any confusion, these are not anyone’s personal rankings. They are compiled rankings from our staff and do not mirror any one member’s list. Our rankings are heavily based on the fighters’ more recent performances, the strength of their competition and the relevancy of those fights, not who we think could beat who or where we think they would fit in if they were fighting at heavyweight (or any weight class a fighter is not currently fighting in). I apologize, I should have made this more clear up front.

Alistair Overeem’s standing will likely drop like a brick over the next few months if the commission finds him guilty of PED use and puts him out of action for 12 months, but until they make their decision we must still treat him like he is fighting JDS for the title at UFC 146. Brock Lesnar was not included because he retired and signed with the WWE. Shane Carwin was on one staff member’s list, but didn’t make the top ten in the others. He came in at 11.

As always, our rankings can easily be referenced on our dedicated rankings page.

Heavyweight

  1. Junior dos Santos
  2. Alistair Overeem
  3. Cain Velasquez
  4. Frank Mir
  5. Fabricio Werdum
  6. Daniel Cormier
  7. Josh Barnett
  8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
  9. Antonio Silva
  10. Mark Hunt

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Fight Cards

UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson

Event Date: January 24, 2015
Broadcast: Fox, Fox Sports 1

UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz

Event Date: January 31, 2015
Broadcast: Pay-per-view

Bellator 133: Shlemenko vs. Manhoef

Event Date: February 13, 2015
Broadcast: Spike TV, Spike.com

UFC Fight Night 60: Thatch vs. Thompson

Event Date: February 14, 2015
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 61: Mir Vs. Bigfoot

Event Date: February 22, 2015
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 134: The British Invasion

Event Date: February 27, 2015
Broadcast: Spike TV