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UFC fighter rankings: Colby Covington is the new top contender at welterweight

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Despite Gilbert Burns getting the next title shot, UFC rankers have made Colby Covington the top contender at 170.

Following a few non-PPV weeks where the UFC rankings were barely affected, UFC Vegas 11 came along. And it showed that (gasp!) a super deep and relevant card can (gasp!) cause some major changes in the rankings!

The biggest, and probably most controversial change, came due to the outcome of the UFC Vegas 11 main event. Colby Covington convincingly defeated former champion Tyron Woodley, which allowed him to take over the top contender spot at 170 - despite UFC president Dana White already making it clear that Gilbert Burns is the top contender and getting the next shot at Kamaru Usman. Sorry, rankers.

Besides that though, there were a bunch of changes in a lot of other divisions too. So for once, this article is over 220 words (for the record, it’s 419 words).

Check out all the changes from last weekend’s event in UFC Apex.

Men’s P4P - After falling last week, Tony Ferguson jumps back up two spots to 12. Robert Whittaker and Deiveison Figuereido fell one each to 13 and 14.

Heavyweight - No changes.

Light Heavyweight - Johnny Walker’s win moves him back into the top ten at ten, dropping Misha Cirkunov to 11.

Middleweight - No changes.

Welterweight - Covington is number one. Burns is down to number two. Tyron Woodley fell two to seven, allowing Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia to move up one each to five and six. Neil Magny moved up into a tie for ten with Vicente Luque.

Lightweight - Dan Hooker passed Conor McGregor for the four spot, bumping The Notorious One to five. Drew Dober and Donald Cerrone flip-flopped the 14 and 15 spots.

Featherweight - Edson Barboza is up one to 14. Bryce Mitchell is up one to 15. Mirsad Bektic fell out of the rankings after following another frustrating loss.

Bantamweight - Dominick Cruz breaks back into the top ten, dropping Rob Font to 11.

Flyweight - Lots of changes at the bottom of the list. Brandon Royval is up one to nine, dropping Matt Schnell to ten. David Dvorak is up three into a tie for 11 after his solid victory over Jordan Espinosa on the weekend. Tim Elliott dropped one to 13. Espinosa is down to 14. Tyson Nam enters the rankings for the first time at 15 following his UFC Vegas 11 win.

Women’s P4P - No changes.

Women’s Bantamweight - Mackenzie Dern is up one to 14, dropping Virna Jandiroba to 15.

Women’s Flyweight - No changes.

Women’s Strawweight - No changes.