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USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Sept. 22: Colby Covington’s big night

Colby Covington answered some big questions Saturday night.

The biggest one: How would he rebound from his UFC 245 loss to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman?

Regardless what you think of Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) outside the cage, he let the world know that inside it, he’s still a tremendous competitor. Covington routed former champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 36, earning a fifth-round TKO in Las Vegas.

That puts Covington at No. 2 in the new USA Today Sports/MMA Junkie welterweight rankings, trailing just Usman himself. It also has his knocking on the door of the pound-for-pound top 15, earning an honorable mention.

That wasn’t the only result of note on the evening, as the evening featured consequential fights all up and down the card. So to find out where your favorite — or least favorite — fighter ranks, go to the drop-down menu above.



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