Power Rankings: Pound-for-pound

Updated: July 31, 2013, 5:45 PM ET
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Demetrious Johnson jumped two spots up ESPN.com's pound-for-pound list following his victory over the weekend, surpassing the promotion's heavyweight and lightweight champs. That's quite an accomplishment for a 125-pound fighter whose division is yet to garner the attention or respect of his peers. It could be seriously argued that Johnson's combination of physical attributes and technical skill is the best of anyone on the list -- think of the damage he'd do if he were 205 pounds. That's the fun stuff with pound-for-pound. But the reality is fighters bigger than "Mighty Mouse" just can't sustain the pace he fights at while remaining fatigue free. As it is, Johnson's successes are numerous, and his recognition is starting to come.