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411 MMA Rankings 01.10.17: Heavyweight Division

January 10, 2017 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s MMA Ranking Rules

– Which fighters are eligible for these rankings? They must meet the following qualifications: fight at least once in the past 365 days or if they have not, be officially scheduled for an upcoming fight.

– A fighter serving a disciplinary suspension will not be ranked. They can return when they have served their suspension or in the event it is rescinded. This includes fighters who may disregard their suspension locally to fight overseas.

– If a fighter appears on just a single ballot, and in the top ten, five points will be deducted to balance between other fighters who may be ranked lower, but appear on a greater amount of ballots.


411’s Official MMA Rankings

Heavyweight Division


1) Stipe Miocic (16-2)

Birthday: August 19, 1982

Height: 6’4

Weight: 245

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem – September 10, 2016

– vs. Fabricio Werdum – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic – May 14, 2016

– vs. Andrei Arlovski – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit – January 2, 2016

– vs. Mark Hunt – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Miocic – May 10, 2015

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on FOX: dos Santos vs. Miocic – December 13, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Miocic’s next title defense is still up in the air as he awaits a challenger. Fabricio Werdum is without a fight thanks to Cain Velasquez’s injury which resulted in their UFC 207 bout being canceled. Junior dos Santos, the last man to have beaten Stipe (in 2014), will fight Stefan Struve next month. Derrick Lewis is a rising star and he’ll next fight Travis Browne in about a month.




2) Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1)

Birthday: July 30, 1977

Height: 6’4

Weight: 242

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 wins:

– vs. Travis Browne – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem – September 10, 2016

– vs. Stipe Miocic – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic – May 14, 2016

– vs. Cain Velasquez – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum – June 13, 2015

– vs. Mark Hunt – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 180: Hunt vs. Werdum – November 15, 2014

– vs. Travis Browne – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne – April 19, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) Cain Velasquez (14-2)

Birthday: July 28, 1982

Height: 6’2

Weight: 242

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Travis Browne – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 200 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Fabricio Werdum – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum – June 13, 2015

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 166: Velasquez vs. JDS 3 – October 19, 2013

– vs. Antonio Silva – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva 2 – May 25, 2013

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2 – December 29, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) Alistair Overeem (41-15, 1 No Contest)

Birthday: May 17, 1980

Height: 6’5

Weight: 240

Birthday: May 17, 1980

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Stipe Miocic – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem – September 10, 2016

– vs. Andrei Arlovski – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski – May 8, 2016

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – December 19, 2015

– vs. Roy Nelson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos – March 14, 2015

– vs. Stefan Struve – Win via KO (punches) – UFC on FOX: dos Santos vs. Miocic – December 13, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Mark Hunt – UFC 209 – March 4, 2017



5) Junior dos Santos (18-4)

Birthday: January 30, 1984

Height: 6’4

Weight: 243

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ben Rothwell – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2016

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – December 19, 2015

– vs. Stipe Miocic – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on FOX: dos Santos vs. Miocic – December 13, 2014

– vs. Cain Velasquez – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 166: Velasquez vs. JDS 3 – October 19, 2013

– vs. Mark Hunt – Win via KO (spinning heel kick and punches) – UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva 2 – May 25, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Stefan Struve – UFC Fight Night – February 19, 2017



6) Ben Rothwell (36-10)

Birthday: October 17, 1981

Height: 6’4

Weight: 262

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2016

– vs. Josh Barnett – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox – January 30, 2016

– vs. Matt Mitrione – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson – June 6, 2015

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 5, 2014

– vs. Brandon Vera – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2 – August 31, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) Mark Hunt (12-11-1)

Birthday: March 23, 1974

Height: 5’10

Weight: 264

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Brock Lesnar – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Frank Mir – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 20, 2016

– vs. Antonio Silva – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm – November 14, 2015

– vs. Stipe Miocic – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Miocic – May 10, 2015

– vs. Fabricio Werdum – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 180: Hunt vs. Werdum – November 15, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Alistair Overeem – UFC 209 – March 4, 2017



8) Josh Barnett (35-8)

Birthday: November 10, 1977

Height: 6’4

Weight: 240

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Andrei Arlovski – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – September 3, 2016

– vs. Ben Rothwell – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox – January 30, 2016

– vs. Roy Nelson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – September 26, 2015

– vs. Travis Browne – Loss via KO (elbows) – UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 – December 28, 2013

– vs. Frank Mir – Win via TKO (knee) – UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2 – August 31, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Last month, USADA informed Barnett of a failed drug test conducted out of competition, potentially the fourth failed drug test of his long career. According to an MMAFighting.com report, the former UFC champion had been tested 13 total times in 2016. USADA is currently processing his samples before determining any potential suspension that may be issued.



9) Derrick Lewis (16-4, 1 NC)

Birthday: February 7, 1985

Height: 6’3

Weight: 260

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – December 9, 2016

– vs. Roy Nelson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez – July 7, 2016

– vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – Win via KO (punches) – UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos – April 10, 2016

– vs. Damian Grabowski – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson – February 6, 2016

– vs. Viktor Pesta – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson – October 3, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Travis Browne – UFC 208 – February 11, 2017




10) Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski (25-13, 1 NC)

Birthday: February 4, 1979

Height: 6’4

Weight: 245

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Josh Barnett – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – September 3, 2016

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski – May 8, 2016

– vs. Stipe Miocic – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit – January 2, 2016

– vs. Frank Mir – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 – September 5, 2015

– vs. Travis Browne – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 187: Jones vs. Johnson – May 23, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Francis Ngannou – UFC on Fox – January 28, 2017



11) Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 No Contest)

Birthday: September 28, 1976

Height: 6’0

Weight: 225

Currently fighting with: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Fabio Maldonado – Win via decision (split) – Fight Nights Global – June 17, 2016

– vs. Jaideep Singh – Win via TKO (strikes) – Rizin MMA – December 31, 2015

– vs. Pedro Rizzo – Win via KO (punches) – M-1 Global – June 21, 2012

– vs. Satoshi Ishii – Win via KO (punches) – Dream: Fight for Japan – December 31, 2011

– vs. Jeff Monson – Win via decision (unanimous) – M-1 Global – November 20, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Matt Mitrione – Bellator MMA – February 18, 2017



12) Vitaly Minakov (18-0)

Birthday: February 6, 1985

Height: 6’3

Weight: 249

Currently fighting with: Eurasia Fight Nights

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Peter Graham – Win via submission (armor) – Fight Nights Global – June 17, 2016

– vs. Josh Copeland – Win via submission (Kimura) – EFN: Fight Nights Moscow – December 11, 2015

– vs. Geronimo dos Santos – Win via submission (armbar) – EFN: FIght Nights Dagestan – September 25, 2015

– vs. Adam Maciejewski – Win via TKO (strikes) – Fight Nights: Sochi – July 31, 2015

– vs. Cheick Kongo – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 115 – April 14, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Stefan Struve (28-8)

Birthday: February 18, 1988

Height: 6’11

Weight: 247

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Daniel Omielanczuk – Win via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC 204 – October 8, 2016

– vs. Antonio Silva – Win via KO (elbows) – UFC Fight Night – May 8, 2016

– vs. Jared Rosholt – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 193 – November 15, 2015

– vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 190 – August 1, 2015

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – December 13, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Junior dos Santos – UFC Fight Night – February 19, 2017




14) Francis Ngannou (9-1)

Birthday: September 5, 1986

Height: 6’4

Weight: 255

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Anthony Hamilton – Win via submission (Kimura) – UFC Fight Night – December 9, 2016

– vs. Bojan Mihajlovic – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – July 23, 2016

– vs. Curtis Blades – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2016

– vs. Luis Henrique – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on Fox – December 19, 2015

– vs. William Baldutti – Win via TKO (strikes) – KHK MMA National Tryouts Finale 2015 – May 28, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Ngannou is the first Frenchman to be ranked as a heavyweight since Cheick Kongo’s heyday. He’s certainly on an impressive run since debuting in the UFC over a year ago with four consecutive finishes.




15) Travis Browne (18-5-1)

Birthday: July 17, 1982

Height: 6’7

Weight: 255

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Fabricio Werdum – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 203 – September 10, 2016

– vs. Cain Velasquez – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 200 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Matt Mitrione – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 17, 2016

– vs. Andrei Arlovski – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 187: Jones vs. Johnson – May 23, 2015

– vs. Brendan Schaub – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 181: Pettis vs. Melendez – December 6, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Derrick Lewis – UFC 208 – February 11, 2017

Closing Comments: Matt Mitrione, Evgeny Erokhin and Ruslan Magomedov received additional votes.

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