Perspective: When Michael Chiesa controlled most of his 15-minute unanimous decision win over Rafael Dos Anjos, he made it clear that he was the real deal at 170 pounds. In fact, considering the work he has done to reform his body for the weight class, it is crazy enough to think that he has never reached the 155 pound limit. With three good wins over Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez and Dos Anjos, Chiesa pulled out and called Colby Covington, and even if he couldn’t get the fight with “Chaos” right away, he deserves a match in the top 10. This possibility is of interest, if only to see how Chiesa combines with the best of the grappling-heavy division. Speaking of grappling-inclined, “How did he make 155 pounds?” fighters, Gilbert Burns has just won a final TKO victory over Demian Maia in Brasilia. It was a bit of a change of guard time, and Burns is as dangerous as anyone with his explosive power and super-smooth jiu-jitsu game. And in terms of dangerous finishers, Geoff Neal is as deadly as possible. Undefeated in five UFC fights with four finishes, he showed his combination of technique and power when he knocked out Mike Perry with a head shot and follow-up punches. He got a top 10 test and he remains an intriguing prospect. With that said, Conor McGregor could throw a key into all welterweight plans to move forward as he continues to say how much he likes being underweight to gain 170 pounds. In the spirit of “anyone, anytime,” McGregor has the power to engage in a title fight with Usman, an ultra-fun fight with Masvidal or, frankly, whatever he wants to do. . “The Notorious” is looming, even with his intention to take him back with Khabib Nurmagomedov and a host of fun fights for him at 155 pounds.
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