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USA TODAY Sports actions/MMA Junkie rankings, Feb. 16: Kamaru Usman keeps hiking



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UFC president Dana White has one extra assembly set apart of residing up with Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas, however it looks the reigning light-weight champ is squawk material to persist with his retirement.

Already belief to be one in all the best fighters of all-time, Jones mentioned he desires to flip his attention to heavyweight and has no procedure of returning to 205 pounds.

Rocked early, Usman got here again to precise a dominant victory and looks headed in opposition to a rematch with Jorge Masvidal.

Some extent dediction for a low blow compelled Figueiredo to settle for a plan in opposition to Brandon Moreno, and the 2 are anticipated to meet but again in early 2021.

Poirier is calm one in all the most fun fighters in the sport, and his grit is immeasurable – qualities he hopes will rep him any other UFC title shot in the advance future.

Holloway delivered a document-breaking destruction of Calvin Kattar and now looks love he’ll gather a enormous gamble to assemble the UFC featherweight title later this year.

Khabib Nurmagomedov proved to be too important for Gaethje at UFC 254, however ‘The Highlight’ would possibly maybe maybe maybe thoroughly gather any other title shot in the very advance future.

Costa became once pissed off after suffering the first loss of his profession and will now face any other monster in Robert Whittaker in his path again to a title shot.

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USA TODAY Sports actions/MMA Junkie rankings, Feb. 16: Kamaru Usman keeps hiking

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Kamaru Usman’s efficiency throughout his third-round discontinue of Gilbert Burns in the predominant tournament of UFC 258 became once so impressive, it kicked up a dialog on where he ranks among the sport’s all-time enormous welterweights.

That’s an initiate ask with a long-term focal point. But what’s indeniable is where Usman (18-1 MMA, 13-0 UFC) ranks in the here and now. The UFC welterweight champion gained his 13th consecutive UFC fight along with his discontinue of Burns, which broke frail longtime champion Georges St-Pierre’s divisional document. It’s additionally his 13th buy to initiate his UFC profession, which tied Khabib Nurmagomedov for 2nd set apart of residing in the again of the legendary Anderson Silva’s 16.

Usman is obviously ranked No. 1 at 170 pounds in the original USA TODAY Sports actions/MMA Junkie rankings. But what about the pound-for-pound list? He’s intelligent up there, too. Usman moved as much as No. 4 this week, that methodology the single fighters sooner than him are the retired Nurmagomedov, Jon Jones, and Israel Adesanya. That’s some rarified air.

That became once the most noteworthy rankings result popping out of Saturday’s card. But while you happen to would love to are attempting where your favorite fighter for the time being locations in the original USA TODAY Sports actions/MMA Junkie rankings, click on on the drop-down menu above.

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