UFC 166 Results: The 10 Heavyweights in the UFC

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2013

UFC 166 Results: The 10 Heavyweights in the UFC

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    UFC 166 shook up the heavyweight division in a big way. Not only did the main event feature a title fight, but the main card featured two other heavyweight fights.

    Cain Velasquez drubbed Junior dos Santos to keep his title, while Daniel Cormier and Gabriel Gonzaga also took key victories. The latter two took wins over Roy Nelson and Shawn Jordan, respectively.

    Here are the top 10 heavyweights in the UFC.

10. Stipe Miocic

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Roy Nelson

    Next Fight: TBD

    Stipe Miocic is a young gun whose stock is rapidly rising with every fight.

    His last win over Roy Nelson was especially impressive. Miocic cracked Nelson with his underrated boxing and used wrestling to keep him off balance.

    He doesn't have a fight lined up right now, but fans look forward to his return to the Octagon.

9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

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    Last Fight: Submission loss vs. Fabricio Werdum

    Next Fight: TBD

    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a legend of the sport. However, the legend's stock is falling with every horrid beating he takes.

    He is still one of the top submission fighters in the world. He is capable of beating anybody, but his chin is deteriorating, which was his key to victory in his Pride years.

    He is still recovering from injury, so we will see where he goes next.

8. Frank Mir

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    Last Fight: Knockout loss vs. Josh Barnett

    Next Fight: vs. Alistair Overeem at UFC 169

    Frank Mir could be coming to the end of an illustrious career. The submission ace is on a three-fight skid and looks to be a little over the hill at this point.

    That being said, he is still one of the most dangerous submission fighters in the world. You leave a limb out, he will grab it and break it.

    He has Alistair Overeem at the beginning of next year. That will judge whether he sticks around in the UFC or rides off into the sunset.

7. Travis Browne

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Alistair Overeem

    Next Fight: vs. Josh Barnett at UFC 168

    Travis Browne is rapidly climbing the heavyweight ladder with impressive performances over the likes of Alistair Overeem and Gabriel Gonzaga.

    Browne has crazy power in his hands and is incredibly athletic. His size is also a factor, but his skills overshadow the fact that he is a 6'7" monster.

    He has Josh Barnett next. A win over the long-time vet would be huge for the Jackson MMA product.

6. Antonio Silva

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    Last Fight: Knockout loss vs. Cain Velasquez

    Next Fight: vs. Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33

    Antonio Silva's last fight saw him fail for UFC gold. However, Cain Velasquez has been a buzzsaw in the heavyweight division, cutting everybody down.

    Sliva has been the ultimate underdog in the UFC. He wasn't supposed to beat Travis Browne or Alistair Overeem, but he did, and it boosted his stock big time.

    He has Mark Hunt in Australia next. If he can avoid the home run punch, he may be in good shape.

5. Josh Barnett

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Frank Mir

    Next Fight: vs. Travis Browne at UFC 168

    Josh Barnett is like fine win; he gets better with age.

    Barnett's return to the UFC saw him make quick work of Frank Mir, a former heavyweight champion. He is just one of the couple Strikeforce heavyweights that helped bolster the thin heavyweight roster.

    He has Travis Browne next. If Barnett beats him, he may be worthy of a title shot.

4. Daniel Cormier

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Roy Nelson

    Next Fight: TBD

    Daniel Cormier is not long for the heavyweight division. He likely took his last heavyweight fight at UFC 166, where he decisioned Roy Nelson.

    Cormier is an Olympic-level wrestler with powerful hands. He may have his hands full at light heavyweight, though, as the division is a littler deeper than heavyweight.

    The 220-something heavyweight is making the right call by dropping down.

3. Fabricio Werdum

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    Last Fight: Submission win vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

    Next Fight: TBD

    Fabricio Werdum may have the golden ticket in the heavyweight division. He has been unstoppable since returning to the UFC, tapping and knocking everybody out.

    Werdum has a very intriguing skill set that could rival Cain Velasquez's. His grappling is top flight and his striking has looked far better as of late.

    Look for this guy to headline a pay-per-view in the near future.

2. Junior Dos Santos

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    Last Fight: Knockout loss vs. Cain Velasquez

    Next Fight: TBD

    If Junior dos Santos learned anything from UFC 166, it's that he is the second best heavyweight in the world.

    The Brazilian is tough as nails, but he is just not as good as Cain Velasquez. He took a severe beating, which erases the distant memory of him smashing Cain in their first encounter.

    His next step is unknown. However, it will likely be against a top-10 opponent.

1. Cain Velasquez

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Junior dos Santos

    Next Fight: TBD

    Cain Velasquez put a stamp on a trilogy that started off in a negative way for him at UFC 166.

    Taking a knockout loss in his first fight with Junior dos Santos, Velasquez came back and won two decisive wins against his greatest rival. A combination of wrestling and ground-and-pound was the recipe to his victory.

    An impending bout with Fabricio Werdum seems likely. It will be an interesting matchup, as Werdum's grappling is top notch and his striking is coming along nicely.