Power Rankings: Heavyweight
Tuesday, Dec. 18
UFC 146 was a showcase of the heavyweights. Or at least, it was intended to be. Alistair Overeem was pulled off the card when he tested for elevated testosterone levels, and the card suffered a domino effect. What do we know at the end of 2012? That there are three big names and a host of middlemen, plus one name that could present himself as a wrecking ball to all parties. Cain Velasquez will get a second crack at Junior dos Santos at UFC 155, in what is perhaps the biggest rematch in UFC heavyweight history. The third name hovering in that space is Overeem's, and he will fight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend. Should he win, it looks like he'll face the winner of JDS/Velasquez. The wrecking ball? That would be Daniel Cormier, who in 2013 will be loosed on the UFC's elite set of heavies. If there's one man out there who looks like trouble for everyone, it's Cormier. But first he has an obligation to fight on Strikeforce's final card (presumably) on Jan. 12 against somebody named Dion Staring.