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411 Heavyweight MMA Rankings: Stipe Miocic, Francis Ngannou, More

January 19, 2021 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Heavyweight Division


1) Stipe Miocic (20-3)

Birthday: August 19, 1982

Height: 6’4

Weight: 245

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 252 – August 15, 2020

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 241 – August 17, 2019

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Francis Ngannou – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 220 – January 20, 2018

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 211 – May 13, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Francis Ngannou – UFC 260 – March 27, 2021

Comment: The rematch pitting UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic against Francis Ngannou is official for UFC 260 in March. They first fought three years ago and Miocic was a unanimous decision in which he was deemed the winner of each round. Although Ngannou lost his next fight to Derrick Lewis, by three-round decision, each of his last four fights have ended in first round knockouts.

Meanwhile, like a cloud hanging above this weight class, Jon Jones has been hyping his debut by showing off his 250-pound frame. There is no uncertainty involved, he is intent on becoming the best heavyweight in the world. We do not yet know how the UFC is eyeing his first fight and how he may factor into the title picture, or how soon he may factor into it. Throwing Jones into the mix here and it’s difficult to recall a time in recent memory where there have been so many viable contenders for the top of the heavyweight division.



2) Francis Ngannou (15-3)

Birthday: September 5, 1986

Height: 6’4

Weight: 255

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 249 – May 9, 2020

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 239 – July 6, 2019

– vs. Cain Velasquez – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – February 17, 2019

– vs. Curtis Blades – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 24, 2018

– vs. Derrick Lewis – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Stipe Miocic – UFC 260 – March 27, 2021

Comment: A win in this match-up by Ngannou would be historic as he would become the first Cameroonian and French fighter to become UFC champion. However, a loss, and it begs to question how long it would take for him to storm back and get another title shot. It took him three years since his first crack at Miocic. Ngannou will turn 35-years-old later this year, does he have another three year window as a top fighter?




3) Curtis Blaydes (14-2, 1 NC)

Birthday: February 18, 1991

Height: 6’4

Weight: 250

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alexander Volkov – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – June 20, 2020

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 25, 2020

– vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Justin Willis – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – March 23, 2019

– vs. Francis Ngannou – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 24, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Derrick Lewis – UFC Fight Night – February 20, 2021

Comment: With the Miocic/Ngannou title fight official for March, there’s a lot of fights taking place that will settle who will be the next contender for whomever the champion will be. Blaydes has to be considered the favorite and if he beats Derrick Lewis next month, how can you argue against him earning his first UFC title fight?



4) Jairzinho Rozenstruik (11-1)

Birthday: March 17, 1988

Height: 6’2

Weight: 248

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 252 – August 15, 2020

– vs. Francis Ngannou – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 249 – May 9, 2020

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN – December 7, 2019

– vs. Andrei Arlovski – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Allen Crowder – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – June 22, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Ciryl Gane – UFC Fight Night – March 13, 2021



5) Derrick Lewis (24-7, 1 NC)

Birthday: February 7, 1985

Height: 6’3

Weight: 260

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alexey Oleynik – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 8, 2020

– vs. Ilir Latifi – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 247 – February 8, 2020

– vs. Blagoy Ivanov – Win via decision (split) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – March 9, 2019

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 230 – November 3, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Curtis Blaydes – UFC Fight Night – February 20, 2021




6) Alexander “Drago” Volkov (32-8)

Birthday: October 24, 1988

Height: 6’7

Weight: 235

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Walt Harris – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 254 – October 24, 2020

– vs. Curtis Blaydes – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – June 20, 2020

– vs. Greg Hardy – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 9, 2019

– vs. Derrick Lewis – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

– vs. Fabricio Werdum – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – March 17, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Alistair Overeem – UFC Fight Night – February 6, 2021



7) Alistair Overeem (47-18, 1 No Contest)

Birthday: May 17, 1980

Height: 6’5

Weight: 240

Birthday: May 17, 1980

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Augusto Sakai – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 5, 2020

– vs. Walt Harris – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – Nat 16, 2020

– vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN – December 7, 2019

– vs. Alexey Oleynik – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 20, 2019

– vs. Sergey Pavlovich – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 24, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Alexander Volkov – UFC Fight Night – February 6, 2021



8) Augusto Sakai (15-2-1)

Birthday: May 19, 1991

Height: 6’3

Weight: 264

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 5, 2020

– vs. Blagoy Ivanov – Win via decision (split) – UFC on ESPN – May 30, 2020

– vs. Marcin Tybura – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 14, 2019

– vs. Andrei Arlovski – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – April 27, 2019

– vs. Chase Sherman – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 22, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Ciryl Gane (7-0)

Birthday: May 6, 1990

Height: 6’5

Weight: 248

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via TKO (elbow) – UFC 256 – December 12, 2020

– vs. Tanner Boser – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – December 21, 2019

– vs. Don’Tale Mayes – Win via submission (heel hook) – UFC Fight Night – October 26, 2019

– vs. Raphael Pessoa – Win via submission (Arm-Triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – August 10, 2019

– vs. Roggers Souza – Win via TKO (strikes) – TKO 48 – May 24, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik – UFC Fight Night – March 13, 2021

Comment: Gane burst onto the scene thanks to his knockout of Junior dos Santos in December. If Gane can build on the win to beat one of the top contenders in the division in Rozenstruik in March, there’s no telling how far along he’ll push the rest of the division.



10) Alexey Oleynik (59-14-1)

Birthday: June 25, 1977

Height: 6’1

Weight: 240

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Derrick Lewis – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 8, 2020

– vs. Fabricio Werdum – Win via decision (split) – UFC 249 – May 9, 2020

– vs. Maurice Greene – Win via submission (armbar) – UFC 46 – January 18, 2020

– vs. Walt Harris – Loss via KO (knee) – UFC on ESPN – July 20, 2019

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 20, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Chris Daukaus – UFC Fight Night – February 20, 2021



11) Blagoy Ivanov (18-4, 1 NC)

Birthday: October 9, 1986

Height: 5’11

Weight: 251

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Augusto Sakai – Loss via decision (split) – UFC on ESPN – May 30, 2020

– vs. Derrick Lewis – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Tai Tuivasa – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 238 – June 8, 2019

– vs. Ben Rothwell – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – March 9, 2019

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – July 14, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (21-6)

Birthday: November 9, 1985

Height: 6’3

Weight: 249

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Greg Hardy – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – December 19, 2020

– vs. Ben Rothwell – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – October 10, 2020

– vs. Maxim Grishin – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 251 – July 11, 2020

– vs. Sergey Spivak – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – February 29, 2020

– vs. Augusto Sakai – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 14, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Tybura pulled through and finished Greg Hardy for his fourth consecutive win in 2020. The only heavyweight in the top ten without a fight booked right now is Augusto Sakai who happens to have a KO win over Tybura from 2019. Perhaps they run that fight back before the summer.



13) Walt Harris (13-9, 1 NC)

Birthday: June 10, 1983

Height: 6’5

Weight: 250

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alexander Volkov – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 254 – October 24, 2020

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – Nat 16, 2020

– vs. Aleksei Oleinik – Win via KO (knee) – UFC on ESPN – July 20, 2019

– vs. Sergey Spivak – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – May 4, 2019

– vs. Andrei Arlovski – No Contest (win for Harris overturned due to banned substance) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski (30-19, 2 NC)

Birthday: February 4, 1979

Height: 6’4

Weight: 245

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Tanner Boser – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – November 7, 2020

– vs. Philipe Lins – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 13, 2020

– vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Ben Rothwell – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – July 20, 2019

– vs. Augusto Sakai – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – April 27, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Tom Aspinall – UFC Fight Night – February 20, 2021



15) Sergei Pavlovich (14-1)center>

Birthday: May 13, 1992

Height: 6’3

Weight: 239

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Maurice Greene – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – October 26, 2019

– vs. Marcelo Golm – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – April 20, 2019

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 24, 2018

– vs. Kirill Sidelnikov – Win via TKO (strikes) – FNG 79 – November 19, 2017

– vs. Mikhail Mokhnatkin – Win via decision (unanimous) – FNG 68 – June 2, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Pavlovich was set to return to action last summer against Ciryl Gane but suffered an injury in training. There’s been no update as to his return in 2021 just yet.