MMA pound-for-pound rankings – Is there room near the top for Kamaru Usman?

Kamaru Usman put on a star-making performance at UFC 258. His third-round TKO of former teammate Gilbert Burns was a roller-coaster ride that, after an uphill climb forced upon Usman early, gained heart-pumping momentum and shined a bright spotlight on the welterweight champ.

Not only did Usman retain his belt in Saturday’s bout in Las Vegas, but he also further secured his place among the greats in mixed martial arts.

What the big victory did not do was elevate Usman even one inch in the ESPN pound-for-pound men’s rankings. Although two of the four voters moved him up a spot in their top 10s, that was not enough to elevate Usman from No. 5.

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