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Heavyweight – December 2011
Technical prowess and speed are exciting for the fans to watch.  The speed with which the bantamweights can shoot is unmatched, but nothing compares to throwing heavy leather and seeing an unstoppable force meet an immovable object. 8 of our top 10 are strikers that can put your lights out, and the other two can hold their own. We all want to see the big guys knock somebody out, and the each of these fighters can absolutely deliver.
1. Junior Dos Santos – And the big Brazilian delivered.  Just over a minute in to his first title fight in the UFC, he caught Cain Velasquez with an over hand right behind the ear that stumbled the former champ, and JDS pounced and finished.  New champ…Baddest Man on the Planet. Up next for JDS – the winner of Brock – Overeem.
2. Cain Velasquez – Dana White openly questioned Cain’s gameplan in the Fox postfight discussion, and he’s probably not the only one.  Cain’s wrestling prowess is second only to Brock Lesnar’s, and that’s debatable. More than likely Cain will face the loser of Lesnar – Overeem.  There’s also a possibility of a Cormier/Barnett loser matchup here. Either way, Cain is a dangerous fighter and he starts his rise back to a title fight now.
3. Brock Lesnar – 30 days out from his fight with Alistair Overeem, the former champ better be ready to take some heavy strikes from the former K-1 champ.  The countdown to the Battle of the Behemoths has begun.
4. Alistair Overeem – Slowly but surely all of the questions about whether or not the Strikeforce fighters can handle the competition in the UFC will be answered.  It only took 48 fights, 36 wins (34 by KO or sub) and a new management team to get the Reem into the UFC.  Well, fight fans, that day is here…Here we go.
5. Josh Barnett – While the

exact date isn’t finalized for the end of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, we do know that it will be in early 2012, and that Barnett and  Daniel Cormier will face off in and Old School vs  New School matchup. Barnett’s wrestling skills will be put to the test.

6. Frank Mir – We are less than 2 weeks away from Mir-Noguiera II.  Mir last win over an always game Roy Nelson was impressive.  With an impressive win over a recharged Big Nog, Mir could find himself on the cusp of getting back in the title picture.
7. Shane Carwin – Mid 2012 is the expected return date for the man with lunch pails for hands.  Only Carwin and Roy Nelson have figured out ways to not get finished by the champ, so it will be interesting to see what happens when the former Interim Champ makes his comeback.
8. Daniel Cormier – We’ve seen Cormier in training camps and corners for some of the UFC’s elite, and he is taking on the biggest challenge of his career in a few months when he takes on The Baby Faced Assassin.  All eyes will be on the fight to see who wins…and to see what happens to these fighters after the fight.
9. Fabricio Werdum – Werdum has nothing on the docket as of yet after his unanimous decision loss to Allistair Overeem back in June.  It seems like it’s about time to hear what will happen with him and the rest of the Strikeforce roster very soon.
10. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera – Minotauro can become relevant again with a big win over Frank Mir.  While he’s just barely cracked the MMANonstop Top 10, he will make a big jump up the rankings if he can finish Frank Mir on Dec 10.
Up Next: Light Heavyweight
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Brendan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt and boxing practitioner who has followed all things MMA since watching the first UFC event over 20 years ago. In addition to his professional career, Brendan is currently an MBA student at Montclair State University who enjoys spending time with his wife Meredith and their dog Cha'lie when he's not training. Follow Brendan on Twitter @bchurchin48 and check out all his articles exclusively at MMANonstop.com.

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