The bracketed number to the right of the fighter indicates the fighters prior ranking. These rankings are unofficial as North Star Sports is not affiliated with, sponsored, or endorsed by the UFC.

Heavyweight (May 20)Heavyweight (December 19)Change
CStipe MiocicCStipe MiocicEVEN
1Daniel Cormier1Francis Ngannou+1
2Francis Ngannou2Curtis Blaydes+1
3Curtis Blaydes3Jairzinho Rozenstruik+3
4Derrick Lewis4Derrick LewisEVEN
5Junior dos Santos5Alistair Overeem+3
6Jairzinho Rozenstruik6Alexander Volkov+1
7Alexander Volkov7Cyril Gane+8
8Alistair Overeem8Walt Harris+1
9Walt Harris9Alexei Oleinik+1
10Alexei Oleinik10Junior dos Santos-5
11Shamil Abdurakhimov11Augusto Sakai+2
12Blagoy Ivanov12Shamil Abdurakhimov-1
13Augusto Sakai13Marcin Tybura+3
14Sergei Pavlovich14Blagoy Ivanov-2
15Cyril Gane15Greg Hardy+1
   Daniel Cormier (Retired)-15
   Sergei Pavlovich-2