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UFC Heavyweight rankings: Alexander Volkov moves up after impressive win at UFC Saudi Arabia

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RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Tom Aspinall14-3W-W-L
#2Jon Jones27-1W-W-W
#3Ciryl Gane12-2W-L-W
#4Alexander Volkov38-10W-W-W
#5Curtis Blaydes18-4W-L-W
#6Sergei Pavlovich18-3L-L-W
#7Jailton Almeida20-3L-W-W
#8Marcin Tybura25-8W-L-W
#9Sergey Spivak16-4L-W-W
#10Derrick Lewis28-12W-L-W

The UFC heavyweight rankings are one of the most popular lists in the sport. Despite the big guys not being the quickest and most technical, the weight class remains a favorite because of the consistent knockouts that come from the most powerful fighters in the sport. However, unlike generations past, the current crop of elite heavyweights are some of the most talented that the industry has ever seen.

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With that in mind, let’s take a look at where the best of the best land in the official Sportsnaut.com UFC heavyweight rankings.

10. Derrick Lewis (28-12)

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A three-fight losing streak knocked Derrick Lewis out of the top 10 for the first time in a few years. However, He has won two of his last three and moved his UFC knockout record to 23 with a nasty victory in May. While he may never get a title shot again, his scary power is still elite and returns him to the rankings of the 10 best heavyweights in the world.

9. Sergey Spivak (16-4)

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After losing two of his first three in the organization, Sergey Spivak rounded into a very talented competitor in the UFC heavyweight division. Scoring notable wins over battle-tested veterans like Augusto Sakai and Alexey Oleynik during a run of five victories in six bouts.

He received the biggest opportunity of his career with a main event matchup against Ciryl Gane in France. Unfortunately, he was unable to overcome the elite talent of the Frenchman and saw his win streak end in September.

8. Marcin Tybura (25-8)

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Since 2020, Marcin Tybura has quietly been one of the better heavyweights on the planet. After losing four of five, he bounced back and got better as a competitor by winning seven of his next eight and becoming a legitimate top-10 fighter.

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Unfortunately, he was hit with a major setback when he lost to top-five talent Tom Aspinall. But he bounced back from that setback with a main event win in March as he rallied from a difficult first few minutes to submit dangerous big man Tai Tuivasa.

7. Jailton Almeida (20-3)

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Jailton Almeida seemed the next big thing in the heavyweight division. Even before he competed in a 2021 edition of The Contender Series, the Brazilian won eight straight, all by finishes. He has continued that white-hot run with six more wins and finishes in the fabled UFC Octagon.

However, reality finally set in at UFC 299 when his vaunted grappling failed him and led to a definitive loss to Curtis Blaydes. In one moment his likely title hopes for 2024 were dashed.

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6. Sergei Pavlovich (18-3)

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Sergei Pavlovich has been an absolute crushing machine during much of his UFC career. After a loss to Alistair Overeem in his debut, he reeled off six straight wins and all of those victories came by way of a devastating knockout. Unfortunately, he is now in the midst of his first losing skid after being knocked out by Tom Aspinall last year, and then suffering a frustrating decision loss to Alexander Volkov in June.

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5. Curtis Blaydes (18-4)

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While there have been some very tough losses in the career of Curtis Blaydes, he has remained a top-five level heavyweight for much of the last half-decade. At UFC 299, he had an opportunity to finally right his big-fight wrongs and did so in a major way when he handed Jailton Almeida his first loss in the Octagon. The win moved “Razor” a big step closer to a much-coveted title opportunity.

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4. Alexander Volkov (37-10)

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Alexander Volkov has been a top-level MMA heavyweight for a long time. While he has been unable to earn a UFC title shot, he has remained a stalwart of the top 10 for years. However, he may now be one win away from a long sought-after championship opportunity after he moved his current win streak to four straight when he scored an impressive victory over former interim title challenger Sergei Pavlovich in June.

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3. Ciryl Gane (11-2)

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Ciryl Gane is the best heavyweight in the world not named Jon Jones of Francis Ngannou.

The Frenchman proved it once in an impressive display of his amazing striking talents against Tuivasa in the UFC Paris 2022 headliner and showcased why he is a special competitor. He also showed his heart by legitimately getting knocked down and hurt, but fighting back ferociously.

However, when it came time to truly prove he was the best in the division, he was dispatched easily by the new warden of heavyweight, Jon Jones, at UFC 285. In September, he was able to bounce back with a dominant main event win over Serghei Spivac in Paris. The win proved he was still an elite talent and kept him in the title hunt.

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2. Jon Jones (27-1)

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Well, after dominating the light heavyweight division for just over a decade, it did not take long for Jon Jones to usurp control at heavyweight. At UFC 285 the MMA legend jumped into the division for the first time and needed less than three minutes to beat former interim champion Ciryl Gane and become the new division king.

The submission finish was his first fight-ender since 2018 and put the sport on notice that a motivated Jon Jones is still a terrifying talent inside the Octagon.

The promotion great was set to headline UFC 295 in a historic matchup with Stipe Miocic, however, he tore his pectoral tendon while training for the bout. He is expected to miss as much as eight months. The injury follows a three-year period away from the sport as he built his body up for the move from light heavyweight to heavyweight.

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1. Tom Aspinall (14-3)

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Englishman Tom Aspinall is the best heavyweight in the UFC. While the current title he holds is an interim belt, with all due respect to lineal champion Jon Jones, Aspinall has beaten many of the best fighters in the division for the last three years instead of a great win in one fight.

His lone defeat in the company came after he tore knee ligaments against Curtis Blaydes, otherwise, he has met little resistance during eight bouts in the Octagon and he stamped his place as the best in the class with a destructive championship win over Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295.

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