After a dominant five-round verdict over Tyron
Woodley brought “The Nigerian Nightmare” UFC gold earlier this
year, Usman successfully defended his title for the first time with
a memorable stoppage of Colby
Covington at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The two rivals went toe-to-toe for the better part of five rounds
before Usman ended the proceedings via technical knockout at the
4:10 mark of Round 5. As a result, Usman remains the unquestioned
No. 1 in our welterweight rankings, but Covington rises as well,
moving past Tyron
Woodley and into the second spot on the basis of his valiant
effort in defeat.
Meanwhile, there’s a new featherweight No. 1 after Alexander
Volkanovski vanquished Max
Holloway in the UFC 245 co-main event. The Aussie extended his
winning streak to 19 with a five-round verdict over Holloway, who
hadn’t lost a featherweight bout since 2013. While the tides
shifted at men’s featherweight, the status quo remained atop the
women’s bantamweight division, where Amanda
Nunes stymied No. 3 Germaine
de Randamie for five rounds to retain her 135-pound strap.
That wasn’t the case further down the women’s bantamweight poll, as
Aldana jumps from the bubble to seventh on the strength of a
knockout win over the previously unbeaten – and former No. 4 ranked
Vieira. Men’s bantamweight saw movement as well, with Petr Yan
jumping from No. 8 to No. 6 following a lopsided win over Urijah
Faber. Longtime former 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo also
joins the bantamweight rankings at No. 9 following a competitive
split-decision loss to second-ranked Marlon
Moraes in a bout many thought Aldo won.