The UFC returned to motion Saturday. And whereas the ramifications of working a present throughout COVID-19 gained’t be absolutely recognized for awhile, we do know that UFC 249 was a heck of an evening of nice fights, regardless of the way you slice it.

Justin Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) scored a fifth-round stoppage of a recreation Tony Ferguson (25-Four MMA, 15-2 UFC) within the night’s primary occasion in Jacksonville, as he claimed an interim light-weight title and presumably arrange a unification bout with undefeated champ Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-Zero MMA, 12-Zero UFC) later this yr.

The end result pushed Gaethje as much as No. 2 on our light-weight listing and likewise noticed “The Spotlight” debut at No. 11 on our pound-for-pound listing.

However there’s a lot extra to ponder on an evening with ramifications for a number of divisions. The return of fights additionally means the return of the MMA rankings report, so let John Morgan and “Attractive” George take you thru all of the updates to the USA TODAY Sports activities/MMA Junkie rankings.