Having too many contenders is an effective drawback to have for any UFC weight-class.

You may argue that having a bunch of proficient, powerful fighters who’re champing on the bit to show they’re one of the best of the bunch is definitely the best state of affairs.

However after Saturday evening, it’s starting to really feel just like the UFC must get welterweight shifting.

Gilbert Burns’ five-round dismantling of former champion Tyron Woodley catapulted him into the title image. He’s not alone in that area, although.

Every time 170 lbs. champion Kamaru Usman steps into the octagon subsequent, you would make an argument that any of Burns, Jorge Masvidal or Leon Edwards is totally deserving of the chance to be his opponent.

“I believe I made an announcement,” Burns mentioned after the combat. “I’m subsequent for the title. To beat the previous champion the way in which I did, I simply confirmed up.”

Once more, having a steady of contenders able to tackle the champion isn’t a foul factor. Depth is likely one of the UFC’s greatest promoting factors and placing high contenders towards each other brings actual, high-stakes drama to playing cards all year long.

However some readability at welterweight can be good. For a very long time, it appeared as if the division was heading for a blockbuster matchup between Masvidal — the corporate’s breakout star of 2019 — and Usman. For varied causes, that combat hasn’t materialized.

It nonetheless looks like the combat to make, although, and Saturday evening’s fundamental occasion didn’t actually change that.

Burns was sensible towards Woodley. He dropped the previous champion early after which dominated him over 5 rounds. There was actually by no means a second the place you felt like Woodley was about to reverse the tides and pull off a comeback.

“I’ve no excuses,” Woodley mentioned afterwards on Instagram. “He did a great job of protecting the space. I’ve a bizarre peace for somebody who simply misplaced.”

The beatdown was unhealthy sufficient that it had some individuals questioning whether or not it is perhaps time for Woodley to retire. That feels untimely, however he’s 38-years-old and is coming off two straight losses. With the welterweight title image already so crowded, it’s arduous to see any path for him to get again within the combine and earn a shot at regaining the title.

Woodley stays a giant identify, although, and beating him lends instant credibility to any fighter’s title aspirations. That’s definitely what occurred Saturday evening with Burns.

In most different division’s the win might need been sufficient to leap Burns to the entrance of the road for a championship combat.

At welterweight, although, he could have extra work to do.

IT CONTINUES

It doesn’t seem that both Jon Jones or UFC president Dana White are about to again down of their ongoing public dispute over compensation proper now.

If something, Saturday evening noticed the tensions rise even larger.

For individuals who haven’t been protecting observe of the feud, Jones was interested by going as much as heavyweight to tackle Francis Ngannou. It absolutely would have been a blockbuster, however negotiations apparently ended earlier than they even received began.

Jones claimed the UFC mentioned he can be paid the identical at heavyweight as he can be if he defended his light-heavyweight title. White says Jones requested for a ridiculous quantity.

For the higher a part of per week now, they’ve been brazenly criticizing each other in public.

White was requested concerning the incident on Saturday evening and referenced Jones’ previous authorized troubles to elucidate why he isn’t an even bigger draw.

“Being the best of all-time doesn’t imply you get $30-million,” White mentioned. “With the ability to promote (does). Jon Jones has carried out lots of issues to himself. In one in all his tweets, he was saying I tarnished him. I tarnished you? You’ve carried out a great job of tarnishing you. I haven’t carried out that.”

Jones responded on Twitter and disputed plenty of allegations made by White earlier than requesting his launch from the UFC.

This will all appear a bit foolish, however having one of many greatest stars within the sport publicly complain about being underpaid isn’t a great search for the UFC. White definitely has extra leverage right here and virtually all the time wins in these conditions, however he could wind up wishing this was all enjoying out behind closed doorways.

NOTES

The UFC devoted its broadcast Saturday evening to Nevada Athletic Fee doctor Dr. Albert Capanna and George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minnesota this week. “What occurred was horrible and it’s one thing that’s actually affecting this nation proper now and the world,” White mentioned. “There are riots happening all over the place the world over proper now. It was the correct factor to do.” … Mackenzie Dern’s profession has been underwhelming since she made the heavily-hyped transfer from jiu-jitsu to MMA a couple of years in the past, however her submission win over Hannah Cifers on Saturday evening confirmed she’s nonetheless received an unbelievable skill-set and will have a vibrant future within the sport. No one ought to ever threat difficult her floor sport.

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