Historic look at every Consensus #1 Heavyweight in the world and their reign. **As per the majority Ranking Orgs at the time** The write-ups included are from the Rankings Orgs at the time (from that month) the fighter took over the Consensus #1 Ranking. Mark Kerr -- 0 years, 11 months HW - 1998 - Dec 5? - Domingo's NHB Rankings 1. Mark Kerr - Mark Kerr is possibly the most destructive force in NHB fighting today. He is/was an Olympic caliber wrestler (he tied with Coleman in '92), plus he has adapted well with various submissions, strikes, and positions from BJJ as well as Muay Thai. Kerr's wins of note came over: Paul Varelans, Maestre Hulk, Fabio Gurgel, Dan Bobish and Duane Cason. Kerr defeated Branko Cikatic via disqualification at Pride-2, "The" Pedro at Pride-3, and Hugo Duarte at Pride-4. Kerr is the most active top tier fighter in the biz right now, and his competition has been good for the most part. The current rumor mill has him facing Vovchanchin at Pride-5. 0 Wins vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Igor Vovchanchyn -- 0 years, 7 months* HW - 1999 - OCT/NOV - Black Belt Magazine/Stephen Quadros (published Jan 2000) 1. Igor Vovchanchin (Ukrain) -- He out-gunned former top dog Mark Kerr to achieve a controversial "no contest." he earned a split decision over Carlos Barreto, beat up Akira Shoji and defeated Gary Goodridge with a technical knockout. He owns the best record in the over-200-pounds category and is the winner of five eight-man NHB tournaments. At 5 feet 6 inches and 235 pounds, he is a small guy with a big punch. 1 to 3 Wins vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span* *Igor was intermittently #1 during Coleman's subsequent reign Mark Coleman -- 1 year, 5 months HW - 2000 - MAY^ - Sav's NHB-Chris Savarese 1.Mark Coleman: The "Hammer" is back w/ a brand new attitude. The former UFC Champ wins the prestigeous Pride GP 2000 to get back in the top 5. Handled Morais,Shoji and the always tough Igor V. with ease. Has many good wins in his career. Also has beaten Frye and Severn. 1 Win vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Minotauro Nogueira -- 1 year, 6 months HW - 2001 - OCT (13?) - MMA Media 1. Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira (137) [no cool write-up, but here are the...] Voters in this month's poll: Aaron Crecy (USA) Full Contact Fighter, Tom Gerbasi (USA) www.Maxfighting.com, Ryan Graham (USA) Freelance MMA writer, Josh Gross (USA) Full Contact Fighter Magazine, Hidetake "Shimauo" Hirashima (JAPAN) Shooto World Network www.shooto.net/en.htm, Hideto Ida (JAPAN) www.Boutreview.com, Yoshinori Ihara (JAPAN) www.Boutreview.com, Anthony Lynch (USA) www.freestylefights.com, Garrett Poe (USA) www.sherdog.com, Marcel Remkhelawan (Holland) De Aktuel Magazine, Jake Rossen (USA) Freelance MMA Writer, Sean Shelby (USA) www.grapplersworld.com, Jeff Sherwood (USA) www.sherdog.com,Russell Taylor (CANADA) www.fightcenter.com, Jeff Thaler (USA) Freelance MMA writer 3 Win vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Fedor Emelianenko -- 7 years, 3 months HW - 2003 - APR - Fighters & Broadcasters Poll 1. Emelianeko Fedor - 108 Points - (11 first place votes) ... Voters include: Fighters - Josh Barnett, Steve Berger, Chris Brennan,Yves Edwards, Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, Duane Ludwig, Nathan Marquardt, Pat Miletich, Sean Sherk,Pete Spratt, Evan Tanner, Din Thomas; Broadcasters - Jeff Osborne (Hook N Shoot and UFC); Ryan Bennett (UFC, IFC and WEC), Monte Cox (Extreme Challenge), J.T. McCarthy (UCC), Joe Ferraro (UCC), Joel Goulet, Jeff Marek - Mojo Radio. 10 Wins vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Brock Lesnar -- 0 years, 4 months HW - 2010 - Jul 6 - L.A. Times MMA/Todd Martin 1. Brock Lesnar - It was a chaotic month for heavyweight MMA, highlighted by the surprising submission defeat of the great Fedor Emelianenko and a wild UFC title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. Lesnar now reigns as the heavyweight division's best. Velasquez and Dos Santos will be the next challengers for the UFC heavyweight title. Werdum skyrockets up the rankings but Fedor may have the chance to redeem himself and avenge that loss. 1 Win vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Cain Velasquez -- 1 year, 1 month (1st stint) HW - 2010 - Oct 29 - Bloody Elbow-USAToday Consensus 1. Cain Velasquez - 98 (UFC) Obviously the epic news this month is the rise of #1 Cain Velasquez after his demolition of #2 Brock Lesnar at UFC 121. He'll defend his title against #5 Junior dos Santos in early 2011. 1 Win vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Junior Cigano -- 1 year, 1 month HW - 2011 - Nov 22 - Sherdog 1. JUNIOR DOS SANTOS (14-1) Despite suffering a serious knee injury only 11 days prior, dos Santos did on Nov. 12 what no heavyweight before him could: stop Cain Velasquez. Now perched atop the ranks as the MMA world's best big man, "Cigano" may undergo surgery before defending his UFC title against the winner of Dec. 30's Brock Lesnar-Alistair Overeem clash. 2 Wins vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Cain Velasquez -- 2 years, 6 months (2nd stint; 3 yrs, 7 mos) HW - 2013 - Jan 15 - ESPN 1. Cain Velasquez - It was a hard paddle back to face JDS, and this time he wasn't going to squander anything. Velasquez looked as good as he ever has. The question now is: Can he be the dominant heavyweight champion that sustains? 3 Wins vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Fabricio Werdum -- 0 years, 11 months HW - 2015 - Jun 16 - MMA Junkie/USAToday 1. Fabricio Werdum - Fabricio Werdum looked downright fantastic in his UFC 188 win over Cain Velasquez. As the man who also beat Fedor Emelianenko, is Werdum the greatest heavyweight of all time? 1 Win vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span Stipe Miocic -- 1 year, 2 months... HW - 2016 - May 15 - Sherdog 1. Stipe Miocic (15-2) - It has been 52 years since the city of Cleveland had any kind of major sports championship, but in front of 45,000 Brazilian fans in Curitiba, Miocic snapped that streak by taking Fabricio Werdum’s UFC heavyweight championship with a beautiful right hook. The Strong Style Fight Team product is now staring down the barrel of challenges from the likes of Cain Velasquez, Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem in his first potential title defense. 3 Win vs Top 10 Ranked Opponents (HW+) in that span note: Before Mark Kerr there was no real "consensus" as to who was #1; based on the archived rankings I've gathered.