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Latest UFC rankings/MMA rankings (heavyweight): Browne rises, Overeem falls

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Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared in the wake of UFC Fight Night 26, 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.


No surprises here.

Once considered to be one of the top heavyweights in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), former Strikeforce 265-pound champion, Alistair Overeem, is floundering at the bottom of the top 10 following his second straight knockout, which came at the UFC Fight Night 26 event last weekend (Aug. 17) in Boston (see it here).

But one man's loss is another man's gain.

The fighter responsible for the "Beantown" beatdown is Travis Browne, who climbs the rankings in the wake of his second straight finish. Prior to detonating "Demolition Man," the once-beaten heavyweight put the screws to former title contender Gabriel Gonzaga.

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. Travis Browne
7. Frank Mir
8. Josh Barnett
9. Alistair Overeem
10. Roy Nelson

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


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

That's because Frank Mir and Josh Barnett will battle for a better position -- against each other -- at the upcoming UFC 164 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Aug. 31 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

That's not all.

Daniel Cormier looks to finish up his heavyweight duties against Roy Nelson at the UFC 166 PPV on Oct. 19 in Houston, at the same event that will see Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez complete their trilogy with the division title at stake.

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