UFC 6/2 Ranking Updates: Burns Becomes #1 Welterweight Contender

The UFC’s weekly rankings were updated on Monday, with the biggest move being welterweight contender Gilbert Burns being shot up five spots into first place

The rank comes after a main event victory against former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley, who lost via unanimous decision, not picking up a single round on any scorecards.

Woodley was previously ranked first, with his return on Saturday being his first since losing his UFC Welterweight Championship to current champion Kamaru Usman.

Moving down three spots to fourth was Woodley, who now has Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal ranked above him. With the changes, Leon Edwards and Stephen Thompson now sit in fifth and sixth, dropping one spot each respectively.

Conor McGregor now sits near the border of the 170-pound rankings, dropping to 15th, with Anthony Pettis moving up to 14th.

Royval Crashes Rankings

Brandon Royval made the UFC rankings for the first time this week, getting on the list after making his promotional debut last Saturday. Facing Tim Elliott, Royval stopped his opponent in the second round with an arm triangle choke.

Elliott, who was ranked 11th before, dropped one place. Below him is Jordan Espinosa, Raulian Paiva and David Dvorak, who all dropped a spot due to Royval joining the list.

Sakai Into Top 10

Heavyweight Augusto Sakai moved in the rankings on Monday as well, following a scorecard win over Blagoy Ivanov. Ranked before at 13th, Sakai moved into the top 10 on Monday, moving past Aleksei Oleinik and Shamil Abdurakhimov.

His opponent, Ivanov, dropped to 15th place, allowing Sergei Pavlovich and veteran Fabricio Werdum to move up one spot each.

Small Shiftings In The Lightweight Division

Minor changes happened in the lightweight rankings involving fighters who did not compete last weekend. At the bottom of the list, “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone moved up to 12th, overtaking Islam Makhachev. Beneil Dariush went to 14th, passing Drew Dober, who’s now in 15th.

 

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