The two most notable entries to the UFC’s rankings both happen to be in the welterweight division and in the build-up to UFC 235, both men shared a heated rivalry. After his outstanding performance on Saturday, Kamaru Usman has entered the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings at #9, in between Conor McGregor and Stipe Miocic. Given the sheer dominance of his performance against Woodley, it does not seem unlikely that the Hard Knocks 365 fighter will advance up these rankings further with other victories over the likes of Colby Covington, who he is likely to face next, and other welterweights such as Darren Till and the streaking Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Another man who he is likely to face down the line is Ben Askren, his fight-week rival who, following his UFC debut, has entered the UFC’s welterweight rankings at #6 behind Rafael Dos Anjos. In his post-fight press conference, Askren revealed that he would be in London for UFC Fight Night 147, where Darren Till faces Jorge Masvidal, with intentions of facing the winner next. Till is currently #3 in the rankings while Masvidal, who hasn’t fought since November 2017, currently sits at #11.

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