Burns blitzed Woodley early, then controlled every aspect of
the fight for five rounds in a dominant unanimous decision victory
in the UFC on ESPN 9 main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. With
back-to-back impressive wins over ranked foes in Demian Maia
and Woodley, “Durinho” looks like a force at 170 pounds. As a
result, the 33-year-old Brazilian moves from No. 10 to third in our
latest 170-pound poll, ahead of contenders such as Jorge
Masvidal and Leon
Edwards. Let the debate begin.
As for Woodley, the man with the third-longest reign in the history
of the division has now dropped consecutive fights in lopsided
fashion, the first two-fight losing streak of his career. He falls
from third to sixth in the rankings.
Sakai supplants Blagoy
Ivanov in the heavyweight poll after earning a split decision
over his Bulgarian counterpart in the UFC on ESPN 9 co-headliner.
With the momentum of a four-bout winning streak, Sakai joins the
party at No. 15. Finally, Katlyn
Chookagian rebounded from a thrashing at the hands of Valentina
Shevchenko to impose a beating of her own on the flyweight
champion’s sister, Antonina
Shevchenko. “Blonde Fighter” maintains her No. 6 ranking at 125