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Divisional rankings: Welterweight

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Woodley feels he won at least three rounds (1:11)

Tyron Woodley held on to his title by the slimest of margins, and while he acknowledges the fight was very close, he feels he won at least three of the rounds. (1:11)

Check out my rankings within each division by clicking on the links below.

Who is the best fighter regardless of weight class? See ESPN's pound-for-pound rankings. Plus, check out our women's pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through Jan. 3.


Divisional Rankings

Heavyweight | Light heavyweight
Middleweight | Welterweight | Lightweight
Featherweight | Bantamweight | Flyweight
Women's bantamweight | Women's strawweight


WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (UP TO 170 POUNDS)

1. Tyron Woodley (16-3-1)
A draw was probably not what Woodley had in mind at UFC 205, but history will look back kindly on his classic five-rounder with Stephen Thompson. Plus, the UFC welterweight title stayed where he wanted it -- around his waist.
Next: TBD

2. Stephen Thompson (13-1-1)
Thompson proved once again he belongs at the top of the division by fighting Tyron Woodley to a draw at UFC 205, but he does not have a belt to show for it. It's a good bet we'll see him in a title fight again at some point.
Next: TBD

3. Robbie Lawler (27-11)
It wasn't Lawler's night at UFC 201. Whether that was the result of one mistake against Tyron Woodley or the first evidence of his previous wars coming back to haunt him is up for debate. For what it's worth, Lawler says it's the former.
Next: TBD

4. Demian Maia (24-6)
Sounds crazy, but Maia is stringing together the best performances of his career in his late 30s. It's easy to underestimate Maia due to the awkwardness of his striking, but as long as he's getting opponents to the floor, he's close to unbeatable. And lately, he's been getting every single one of his opponents to the floor.
Next: TBD>

5. Rory MacDonald (18-4)
In his first appearance since a taxing TKO loss to Robbie Lawler in 2015, MacDonald couldn't get much going against the tricky Stephen Thompson. In August, the 27-year-old announced he'd signed a multi-year contract with Bellator MMA.
Next: TBD

6. Ben Askren (15-0)
Askren rolled (and grappled) to a five-round unanimous decision over Nikolay Aleksakhin in April. The ONE Championship welterweight title sure appears to belong to him as long as he wants to hold it.
Next: TBD

7. Donald Cerrone (32-7)
Can you believe this guy? After closing 2015 with a disappointing effort in a lightweight title fight, Cerrone is now closing 2016 on the cusp of a welterweight title shot. He has gone 4-0 at this higher weight class and has taken on cagey vets in Rick Story and Matt Brown. "Cowboy" has 19 wins in the UFC.
Next: UFC Fight Night on Jan. 28, vs. Jorge Masvidal

8. Carlos Condit (30-10)
Condit is at a career crossroads, following a first-round loss to Demian Maia in August. One of the most entertaining fighters of the last decade, Condit is contemplating retirement after an 0-2 start to 2016.
Next: TBD

9. Douglas Lima (28-6)
What's up Lima? The 28-year-old claimed the Bellator MMA title by smashing Andrey Koreshkov in the first round at Bellator 164. It was the biggest win of Lima's career and could set up a trilogy fight with the "Spartan." He and Koreshkov have now split two meetings.
Next: TBD

10. Dong Hyun Kim (22-3-1)
Kim made only one appearance in 2016, picking up a victory over Tarec Saffiedine at UFC 207. He is 7-1 in his last eight fights, with the only loss coming against Tyron Woodley.
Next: TBD