The more things change, the more they stay the same ... or something like that.
Thanks to another "zombie-like" performance, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos, lost little ground in the title hunt even though interim kingpin, Fabricio Werdum, has seemingly done everything in his power to separate himself from the rest of the pack.
I can't say that I necessarily agree because, well, I don't think dos Santos is the No. 2-ranked fighter behind division champion, Cain Velasquez (see below), after barely escaping UFC on FOX 13 earlier this month with a brutal (and controversial) split decision over Stipe Miocic. Especially not when "Vai Cavalo" is on a five-fight tear and has patiently waited for his opportunity to challenge the oft-injured Velasquez, while dos Santos has dropped two of three bouts to "Brown Pride."
The good news? At least our own Alex Schlinksy agrees with me in the latest SBNation.com mixed martial arts (MMA) Heavyweight rankings poll. And I didn't even have to pay him any extra.
That's right, your friends at MMAmania.com, MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow have gone global to compile a list of the 10 best fighters at 265 pounds, no matter where they compete, and this is what we came up with to close out 2014.
Check it out:
1. Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
2. Junior dos Santos
4. Travis Browne
5. Mark Hunt
6. Stipe Miocic
7. Josh Barnett
8. Andrei Arlovski
9. Roy Nelson
10. Bigfoot Silva
Aside from that debatable "tie" in the No. 2 spot, everything else seems about right, right? To see how this list compares to the "official" UFC rankings click here.
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