1 – Demetrious Johnson
When a fighter breaks a tie with Anderson Silva to develop into the fighter with probably the most profitable title defenses in UFC historical past, that’s an automated spot on this listing. However it’s the best way Demetrious Johnson defeated Ray Borg that earns him his place on the prime. Not content material to easily take a 5-zero choice over the gritty challenger, Johnson tried to placed on a present from begin to end, and when he did put an finish to the bout within the fifth spherical, it was with a suplex to armbar combo that we’ll be speaking about for a very long time…okay, endlessly.
2 – Tony Ferguson
For years, I questioned when Tony Ferguson was going to turn out to be a breakout star. He had all of the instruments from the time he gained The Final Fighter: A dynamic and thrilling fashion, charisma, and a character individuals would take note of. However for some purpose, every thing didn’t click on till Saturday night time, when “El Cucuy” submitted Kevin Lee within the third spherical to win the interim UFC light-weight title. The win, Ferguson’s tenth in a row, now places gold round his waist and locations him in place for the most important struggle attainable at one hundred fifty five kilos: a unification conflict with Conor McGregor. Can we put this on our record for Santa Claus now?
three – Bobby Inexperienced and Lando Vannata
He’s been hit and miss over his time within the UFC, however Saturday night time, Bobby Inexperienced confirmed up, and when he exhibits up, bouts like his Battle of the Night time with Lando Vannata are often the end result. It was a reminder that Inexperienced is among the most harmful one hundred fifty five-pounders on the earth, and if he can maintain the momentum from this bout going, he can put that erratic fame to relaxation perpetually. As for Vannata, the primary individual in UFC historical past to win bonuses in his first 4 Octagon fights, he’s a should see each time he takes that stroll. Is he proud of a 1-2-1 begin to his UFC profession, I can assure that he isn’t, however “Groovy” Lando is simply going to get higher, and that’s dangerous information for his opponents and excellent news for us watching.
four – Cody Stamann
Once I interviewed Cody Stamann earlier than his Saturday win over Tom Duquesnoy, he spoke of the psychological a part of the game and the significance of getting a excessive Battle IQ. Properly, he talked the speak after which walked the stroll towards Duquesnoy, placing collectively a tactical assault that labored to perfection towards the extremely touted Frenchman. Given the expertise of each bantamweights, this won’t be the final time they meet within the Octagon, however for now, Stamann has a leg up as he climbs the one hundred thirty five-pound ladder.
5 – Mara Romero Borella
Since I’m ¾ Italian, I’m somewhat biased on the subject of Italians within the UFC, however all biases apart, Mara Romero Borella didn’t disappoint in her debut, as she tore by way of Kalindra Faria en path to a submission win that took lower than three minutes. Is she the actual deal? That is still to be seen, however with American Prime Staff in her nook and a powerful floor recreation as starters, it seems to be like “Kunoichici” goes to make some noise within the UFC’s latest division.