Francis Ngannou (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)Heavy & Ready: The Top 5 Heavyweight UFC Fighters Today The MMA Corner Staff April 23, 2021 News If you are looking for helpful information about the current top heavyweight fighters in the UFC today, sit back and enjoy reading on! Even in these times of pandemic crisis, the UFC and its activities are still on the roll. Thus, there are still some changes currently going on in the top-ranking players of the heavyweight division, like changes in the rankings, improvements in each player’s skill sets, etc. With that said, it would be exciting and stimulating for you to know more about these top-ranking UFC heavyweight division fighters and learn about what put them at the top list of UFC fighters. If you plan on betting, the Fight odds by FanDuel will help you choose which athletes to wager on. Below are the top 5 UFC fighters who have each earned their right to be on the top ranks of UFC’s heavyweight division. 1. Francis Ngannou Francis Ngannou, known as “The Predator,” is the current reigning champion in the UFC heavyweight division with 16 wins and three losses. The 34-year-old UFC fighter has redeemed himself after losing in 2018 to former UFC heavyweight division champion Stipe Miocic. Their latest rematch, which happened last March 27, 2021, proves that Ngannou has drastically improved his gameplay, his left hand, and his patience. He landed a powerful left hook to Stipe’s jaw, which put him down on his back, and finally striking his well-renowned powerful right punch to put Stipe to sleep and claim the UFC heavyweight championship title. The Cameroonian power fighter, who weighed 263 lbs. in 2018, was known for his naturally powerful “god-like” right hook, which put anyone cascading to the floor when the timing was just right. This was his known edge when he was just starting as a rookie fighter in 2013. Now, as the reigning new champion of the heavyweight division, Ngannou will be soon in the works to prepare for his next fight against Jon Jones as per Dana White. 2. Stipe Miocic The American Croatian fighter Stipe Miocic rose to the ranks with 20 wins & 4 losses. Stipe Miocic, aka “The Silencer,” won his first title as a UFC heavyweight champion in 2016 by defeating Fabricio Verdum, the current titleholder. Miocic, who also became the heavyweight titleholder in 2019, was very well known for his excellent boxing abilities, brilliant takedowns, a mix of little wrestling, and very high fight IQ. His ability to adapt to different opponents and situations using his top-level fighting IQ made him one of the hardest to defeat fighters in the UFC heavyweight division. 3. Derrick Lewis Also known as “The Black Beast,” Derrick Lewis became a top-ranking UFC heavyweight division fighter with a record of 25 wins & 7 losses and is known for his Brazilian jiu-jitsu, unique fighting style, and powerful knockout punches. With a dominant TKO percentage of 80% and an outstanding record for the most knockouts in UFC history, the American jiu-jitsu fighter has defeated the likes of Francis Ngannou, Shamil Abdurakhimov, and Alexander Volkov, which made him a fearsome warrior and opponent in the UFC heavyweight division. 4. Curtis Blaydes Holding the record for the most takedowns in UFC history, Curtis “Razor” Blaydes became one of the top-ranking UFC fighters in the heavyweight division. He became a heavyweight champion in the early days of his career during his time in Bellator MMA. In his junior college days, he became a national champion wrestler. He became very popular in UFC because of his pro wrestling fighting style, abilities, skills, and IQ, which helped him pave the way to become one of UFC’s top-ranking fighters in the heavyweight division. With an outstanding current fight record of 14 wins and three losses, the American UFC fighter is expected to push through his career and face the next upcoming fights to get a championship match in the near future. 5. Ciryl Gane With a brilliant record of 8 wins and 0 losses and currently ranked #5 in the UFC heavyweight division, Ciryl Gane rose to the heavyweight division ranks unscathed with even one loss. Gane, who began his UFC debut in 2019, has caught analysts’ attention and critics with his agile movements and reflexes, which are not common in the heavyweight division. Before entering the UFC, he had earned the title of France Muay Thai Champion twice and was also known as a TKO heavyweight champion. Having this kind of skill set, he is now well known in the UFC for his excellent kick-fighting abilities, rare in the heavyweight division. This helped him achieve eight consecutive wins in the division, and he is still waiting for his next fight after his recent win against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. In Conclusion The UFC fighters mentioned above each have unique strengths and skills that paved their way to be elevated in the heavyweight division’s top ranks. Through their hard work, dedication, and love for the sport, each of their UFC accomplishments is just the result of their passion for MMA. With that said, it is essential to understand that MMA is not just a Sports TV Show or Sports Entertainment. It is also about recognizing and appreciating each fighter’s passion for the sport.