With his 1st title defense under his belt, Deiveson Figueiredo is producing moves.
Figueiredo, the reigning UFC flyweight champion, looked amazing this earlier Saturday at UFC 255, in which he defeated Alex Perez by first-spherical submission. That consequence was excellent ample have him climb two spots in the newest United states Nowadays Sports activities/MMA Junkie pound-for-pound rankings, relocating him from No. 9 to No. 7 and leapfrogging a pair of champions in Ryan Bader and Alex Volkanovski.
But at flyweight, Figueiredo stays set at No. 2 behind former UFC winner and One particular Championship star Demetrious Johnson – but hardly. Here’s the explanation from our rankings chair, “Gorgeous” George Garcia:
“This a single is tough. Figueiredo is now 8-1 in the past 36 months. He’s eventually received a title protection less than his belt, 20-1 over-all, five-combat successful streak. Johnson is 4-1 in his earlier 36 months. 1 just hasn’t rebounded the way UFC has, so the inactivity stands out. As now, we nonetheless never have an correct day for Johnson’s future combat, but we expect the to start with quarter of 2021. Just one titleholder Adriano Moraes is a excellent opponent, but he’s not leading 15. Figueiredo retains obtaining the top fellas, and now Moreno is on tap.
“We’re chatting about a person of the GOATs of this activity in Johnson. What he did is pretty remarkable, but which is slowly but surely wearing off in phrases of these rankings. I believe a person more fight is worth the hold out. If Figueiredo wins at UFC 256, he goes to No. 1. Just after that, he’ll almost certainly take some time off. Johnson would have a prospect to overtake him at that issue.”
Apart from Figueiredo, there have been other movers and shakers to occur out of UFC 255, as well as Bellator 253, exactly where undefeated featherweight A.J. McKee scored the biggest acquire of his occupation with a slick submission of Darrion Caldwell in the promotion’s grand prix semifinals.
Obtain out where by McKee and others ended up by clicking by the dropdowns higher than.