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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 Fight Night 117: Saint Preux vs. Okami

Event Date: September 22, 2017
Broadcast: FXX

Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull

Event Date: September 23, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 184: Dantas vs. Caldwell

Event Date: October 6, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee

Event Date: October 7, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko

Event Date: October 20, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 118: Cerrone vs. Till

Event Date: October 21, 2017
Broadcast: TBD