“The Nigerian Nightmare” dominated Rafael dos
Anjos in “The Ultimate Fighter 28” finale headliner, landing 12
takedowns and 227 total strikes en route to a clear-cut unanimous
decision victory. Usman, who has won nine consecutive fights in the
Octagon, stands out even in a deep division. He moves all the way
to No. 2 in our rankings, while dos Anjos, who has lost two in a
row after winning three straight to begin his 170-pound tenure,
drops one spot to fourth.
Elsewhere, Junior dos
Santos proved he is still much more than a gatekeeper, as he
vanquished Tai Tuivasa
in the Aussie’s backyard at UFC Fight Night 142. “Cigano” clipped
his over-aggressive foe with a devastating two-punch combo, then
sealed the deal with follow-up ground-and-pound at the 2:30 mark of
round two. The former light heavyweight champion has won three of
his last four Octagon appearances and holds strong at No. 8 in our
poll. Tuivasa, after tasting defeat for the first time in nine pro
outings, stays put on the heavyweight bubble.
Bidding farewell to both the UFC and the heavyweight bubble is
Hunt, who lost his third straight fight against American
Kickboxing Academy export Justin
Willis in Adelaide. Willis, on the strength of a four-bout
Octagon winning streak, makes his bubble debut. Elsewhere, Tomo
Maesawa claimed Deep Jewels atomweight gold with a win over
Kurobe, and as a result, moves into the 105-pound Top 10 at No.
9, while Wilson Reis’
triumph against Ben Nguyen
moves him back onto the men’s flyweight bubble.