The heavyweight division in the UFC is the one that provides the big knockouts, therefore, it is no surprise that there is always a lot of interest around it.
It is also arguably one of the most open divisions in the brand and there is a lot of depth down the rankings. Stipe Miocic currently holds the title but here is a look at who could go on to be number one in the future.
Francis Ngannou has been consistently at the top end of the heavyweight rankings for some time now. He gets his chance to finally land the UFC belt and the number one spot when he takes on Miocic at UFC 260.
The Predator has Miocic vs Ngannou odds of -138 for that fight in Vegas. The bookmakers make him the marginal favorite on the back of his victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, his fourth straight wins in the UFC. It is set to be a great main event at UFC 260 and one in which both men have so much to gain.
Ngannou is known for his punch power inside the octagon. This is crucial in the heavyweight division and if he keeps landing like he has been doing over the last couple of years, he is going to take some beating by anyone in the brand today.
The only unbeaten fighter in the top 15 of the heavyweight rankings is Ciryl Gane. He is 8-0 and as a result he has a big reputation.
The Frenchman is up to number four on the list after he beat Rozenstruik last month following five rounds. Unlike many of his rivals in the division, Gane does not rush in for knockouts. He is a smart fighter who looks to land where possible and stay out of trouble.
Before moving to the UFC, Gane was the TKO heavyweight champion. He made two successful defenses of that belt before moving on to bigger things. At the moment he is just gaining as much experience as he can in the octagon before he gets his opportunity for the belt.
Alexander Volkov has had nine UFC fights now so he is firmly established in the brand. He was beaten by Derrick Lewis back at UFC 229 in October 2018. Since then he has recorded wins over Greg Hardy, Walk Harris, and Alistair Overeem.
The last of those victories was his best display yet. It won him the Performance of the Night and the TKO in the second round proved how dangerous he is against an accomplished fighter.
The Russian has been a champion in the heavyweight division at M-1 Global and Bellator MMA. His goal now will be to complete the hat-trick with the UFC and he has a great chance of doing so on the basis on his current form.
The heavyweight division is going to be exciting to follow in 2021. A lot of young fighters are getting closer to being given a chance to make a name for themselves against one of the established stars so don’t miss any of the action.