Heavyweight division is one of the oldest divisions in MMA. It has seen some of the most talented fighters in the history of MMA. From superstars like Fedor Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar to destructive monsters like Alistair Overeem and Randy Couture. To become a world champion in this division is an ultimate bragging right and defending the belt more than once is legendary. These beasts for humans are uncontrollable and their extent of power is unpredictable.
Honoring some of the best fighters in this division PRO MMA NOW presents the ranking of the best heavyweight fighters in MMA for the month of May, 2016.
1. Stipe Miocic (15-2)
Stipe Miocic ended the 52-year drought of Cleveland by knocking out “Vai Cavalo” in the first round at UFC 198. The 33-year-old entered the octagon in Brazil as an underdog but managed to produce an upset by displaying fast and chiseled striking. Stipe is now on a three fight win streak, Miocic now holds an octagon record of 9-2. The Ohio resident is set to defend his title for the first time when he faces Alistair Overeem at UFC 203.
2. Fabricio Werdum (15-2)
“Vai Cavalo” entered the octagon as favorite when he battled Stipe at Ufc 199. He was fighting in his home turf at Brazil and hence had the crowd with him, but disappointed over 45,000 fans by being knocked out in the first round. Fabricio was on a six fight win streak and was undefeated since 2011. The 38-year-old suffered his first octagon loss when he succumbed to Stipe’s onslaught and he now stands with a UFC record of 6-1.
3. Alistair Overeem (41-14, 1 NC)
“The Demolition Man” has now extended his winning streak to 4. He has been unstoppable since 2014 and won 4 of his last 5 matches. He recently destroyed Andrei Arlovski by knocking him out in round 2. Alistair is a former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and made a destructive UFC debut by knocking out Brock Lesnar in his debut. He stands with a UFC record of 6-3. Alistair has shown a display of chiseled striking and deadly grappling, the 36-year-old is now set to face the newly crowned champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 203.
4. Cain Velasquez (13-2)
Cain lost his title to Fabricio Werdum in Mexico by tapping out to a vicious choke. The former two-time world heavyweight champion is far and wide regarded as the best MMA fighter in the heavyweight division, but the unbreakable 33-year-old is known for getting injured during practice. He returned at UFC 188 after an injury laden 2014 but was thrashed brutally, he is now set to clash against Travis Browne at UFC 200.
5. Junior dos Santos (18-4)
Santos bounced back from his loss to Alistair by winning with a unanimous decision against Ben Rothwell. He executed a perfect game at Fight Night 86 and smashed Rothwell. Junior has increased some credit to his name as he holds a victory over the current champion Stipe. Santos now stands with a UFC record of 12-3, which includes wins over Cain, Fabricio and Stipe.
6. Ben Rothwell (36-10)
Ben’s four fight win streak came to brutal end by dos Santos on April 10. He was undefeated since 2013, and had managed a huge victory over Alistair Overeem. He however fell apart against the former champion when he locked horns against Junior and now stands with a UFC record of 6-4.
7. Andrei Arlovski (25-12, 1 NC)
2016 is really not a good year for “The Pitbull”. He is now on a losing skid of two matches. He kissed goodbye to his six fight win streak when he faced Stipe Miocic at UFC 195, where he barely lasted a minute in the octagon. On May 8, the 37-year-old was once again knocked out, this time by teammate Overeem in the 2nd round of their encounter.
8. Vitaly Minakov (17-0)
Vitaly was recently stripped off his Bellator MMA heavyweight title due to inactivity, though he has not been officially removed from the promotion. The undefeated Russian fighter is in talks about getting back with the promotion but with him being stripped off the title, the possibility of him returning looks pretty thin. He hasn’t fought since December when he submitted Josh Copeland at a regional event in Russia.
9. Travis Browne (18-3-1)
Browne bounced back from his loss to Andrei Arlovski in a sneaky manner. Though the win was controversial Browne did manage to knockout Matt Mitrione. The 33-year-old has had an impressive UFC career with victories over Heavyweight greats like Alistair Overeem. The Hawaiian is now set to clash against the returning and former 2-time champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 200.
10. Mark Hunt (12-10-1)
Mark Hunt hunted down another opponent on March 19 when he knocked out former champion Frank Mir with a single punch. Hunt is now on a two fight win streak with his last loss coming at the hands of current heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic.