Power Rankings: Pound-for-pound
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Demetrious Johnson remains one of Dominick Cruz's harder fights. That is saying something for a natural 125-pounder, but Johnson has been utterly transformed since moving to the flyweight division. "Mighty Mouse" has already beaten all the best names: Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson. Who is left? In the near future, Johnson is looking at rematches until the others establish enough momentum to become contenders. But it's the skill that separates Johnson from the pack. Against Dodson, he weathered the storm early, made some adjustments and slowly turned it into his fight. By the end, he was dominating the action. Johnson was quicker, crisper and punishing. He also turned himself into a mirage at times, making himself an unhittable target. Johnson has earned his spot among the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA, and he proves an old adage: Dynamite does indeed come in small packages.