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UFC Fight Night 94 results recap: What's next for Michael Johnson after first-round knockout of Dustin Poirier?

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Michael Johnson looked impressive in the main event of UFC Fight Night 94, knocking out the red-hot Dustin Poirier in the very first round with a nice combination that floored "The Diamond" inside the packed State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

Full video highlights here.

It was an all-important "W" for "The Menace" as it not only silenced Dustin in their war of words, but also helped him avoid a disastrous three-fight losing streak. Which brings me to my next point, why UFC matchmakers decided to pit Poirier -- who was on a five-fight win streak -- against a man on a two fight skid is beyond me.

Nevertheless, Johnson got the opportunity and made the most of it.

Afterward, Michael proclaimed that he is ready to take on the best-of-the-best, including the champion or at the very least a No. 1 contenders fight. While that's what he -- or anyone else should do, aim for the top -- I don't see it in his cards.

At least not right now.

Dan Hardy suggested that Johnson take on Khabib Nurmagomedov, the No. 1 contender in the 155-pound division. And that suggestion just baffles me for many reasons. Chief among them being that Khabib is in line for a shot at the title while Johnson -- with all due respect -- just got himself back into the win column, earning his first victory in over a year.

And with the Lightweight division loaded with contenders, I just don't see UFC matchmakers giving him a top five foe in his next outing. That said, when you look down the top 10 line, the only fight that makes "sense" is one against Michael Chiesa, who is enjoying a three-fight win streak and sits a few spots ahead of "The Menace" on the rankings.

That, or he can go ahead and ask UFC officials to book him against Anthony Pettis, who called him out after his brilliant performance against Poirier.

With a win, Johnson sets himself up for a higher-ranked foe, and then another. But jumping all the way to the top after breaking a two fight skid is just not in the cards, in my opinion. I get it, rankings "don't matter," but putting the No. 10 guy against No. 1 doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Then again, this happened, so what do I know.

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