Gilbert Burns Replaces Tyron Woodley As Number One Ranked Welterweight

Gilbert Burns wearing Brazilian flag as bandana

Image source: Gilbert Burns Instagram (@gilbert_burns)

Brazilian welterweight, Gilbert Burns, improved his latest welterweight run to 4-0 with a dominant victory over former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 9.

Burns started the contents by dropping Woodley in the first round and opening a nasty cut with some ground and pound. Burns then went on to dominate every other round in the fight and pick up a very wide unanimous decision victory.

Woodley was the number one ranked welterweight going into the fight, but the latest UFC rankings release has seen Burns take the number one spot and Woodley has dropped three places down to fourth. This subsequently has pushed Leon Edwards and Stephen Thompson down to fifth and sixth respectively.

As always, there has been some debate over the newest rankings released suggesting that Leon Edwards shouldn’t be ranked so far down the list whilst being on an eight-fight winning streak with his last defeat coming to reigning champion Kamaru Usman back in 2015.

Below you can see how the current welterweight division stacks up following the latest ranking changes. As you can see most fighters have held their current positions with the major movement being Burns jumping to the number one spot.

FighterRankChange
Kamaru UsmanChampion0
Gilbert Burns#1+5
Colby Covington#20
Jorge Masvidal#30
Tyron Woodley#4-3
Leon Edwards#5-1
Stephen Thompson#6-1
Demian Maia#70
Michael Chiesa#80
Rafael Dos Anjos#90
Nate Diaz#100
Geoff Neal#110
Robbie Lawler#120
Vincente Luque#130
Anthony Pettis#14+1
Conor McGregor#15-1

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