Latest UFC rankings/MMA rankings (heavyweight): 'Country' secedes from top 10 list

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Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared in the wake of UFC 166, the SB Nation crew has tallied the votes and come up with the 10 best heavyweight fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) today. Have a look.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Cain Velasquez retained his UFC heavyweight title last weekend (Oct. 19, 2013) by annihilating Junior dos Santos in their UFC 166 pay-per-view (PPV) rubber match, which means "Cigano" is now out of the title chase after suffering two losses in their epic trilogy.

So why is he still ranked at number two?

The problem for the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion is that Dos Santos can beat just about any man at 265 pounds except Velasquez (UFC on FOX 1 notwithstanding). Until he suffers a loss against another top 10 fighter, don't expect him to give up his spot anytime soon.

Squatter's rights!

As a result, the SB Nation rankings panel -- compiled by MMA Mania, MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow -- recently reshuffled its list of top 265-pound MMA fighters for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and beyond.

Here's what they came up with:

1. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior dos Santos
3. Daniel Cormier
4. Fabricio Werdum
5. Antonio Silva
6. Josh Barnett
7. Travis Browne
8. Frank Mir
9. Alistair Overeem
10. Stipe Miocic


See how this list compares to the "official" UFC rankings here.

Expect this line-up to change before the year is out.

That's because Mark Hunt will try to crack the top 10 by turning away "Bigfoot" Silva in the upcoming UFC Fight Night 33 main event, when the promotion heads to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia, on Dec. 6, 2013, via FOX Sports 1.

And keep in mind that Daniel Cormier is headed south for the winter, after booting Roy Nelson from the bottom of the list last weekend in "The Lone Star State."

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