Article

Rankings: Johnson, Brunson move up off big KOs



The lightweight division may be the most combustible group in the UFC. A big knockout win in any given week could scramble the Top 10 and provide new contenders hungry for their title shot.

Michael Johnson is the latest 155-pounder to shake up the division.

“The Menace” finished Dustin Poirier by KO in the first round of their Fight Night Hidalgo main event and moved up four spots to No. 6 in the lightweight division.

After the big finish Johnson said he has his eyes set on the title and he wants big fights as he continues trying to KO opponents.

RELATED: Official UFC rankings page | Johnson talks about his big win | Brunson after KO vs Hall

“I’m just coming in here and showing people that I’m serious in this division,” Johnson said. “Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are getting that money and they’re out here scraping and having a sparring match. I come to finish fights and go for the kill. Pay me baby, what’s up?”

In other movement at 155, Poirier fell three spots to No. 10 after the loss that ended a four-fight winning streak for “The Diamond.” Edson Barboza dropped one spot to No. 5 from a tie with Nate Diaz at No. 4, Donald Cerrone fell a spot to No. 7 and Evan Dunham, fresh off a win in Texas, jumped ahead of Rashid Magomedov to No. 14.

In the middleweight division, Brunson’s first-round TKO win against Uriah Hall in the co-main event jumped him up two spots to No. 8 at 185 pounds. Hall fell to No. 10 and Gegard Mousasi, set to face Vitor Belfort in England at UFC 204, fell a spot to No. 9.

Rankings are revealed every week on UFC Tonight on FS1.

Matt Parrino is a digital producer and writer for UFC.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MattParrinoUFC

Media

Recent
With a heavy emphasis on fighters from the Europe, Middle East and Asia regions, UFC Connected gives fans a unique look inside the UFC with exclusive access to fighters, teams and events from around the globe.
Jul 15, 2018
Junior Dos Santos discusses his UFC Fight Night Boise victory over Blagoy Ivanov and what's next for him in the heavyweight division.
Jul 14, 2018
After defeating UFC newcomer Blagoy Ivanov by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night Boise, Junior Dos Santos celebrates by sending a message to his son and requesting another crack at Stipe Miocic.
Jul 14, 2018
Sage Northcutt after his UFC Boise KO victory: "Words are powerful. I think that we all gotta have respect for each other and that we could all be more careful with the things we say."
Jul 14, 2018