From Flyweight To Heavyweight: What’s Next For The UFC’s Champions?
With the recent string of injuries decimating the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) roster, the title picture in several divisions has been left quite murky.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to put together an article will take a look at each division and breakdown what matches have been made, will be made, or should be made for each of the respective titles.
Here we go…
Flyweight (125 lbs.)
Current title holder: Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson
Although UFC 152 determined the first ever flyweight champion and placed the division prominently on the card as the co-main event, the 125-pounders remain the least known fighters on the UFC roster. With an increasing amount of 135-pounders dropping to flyweight, the next 12 months should witness the development of a much more competitive landscape. However, the immediate title contenders are quite limited due to the division’s lack of exposure.
Although Ian McCall is likely the most qualified candidate to fight for the title, he is coming off two decision losses to the division’s new champion and a third fight would not make sense at the moment. Rather, the winner of the John Dodson-Jussier da Silva fight, which takes place at UFC on FX 5 on October 5, should provide ‘Mighty Mouse’ with his a taker for his first title defense.
The dark horse in the current title race would be Darren Uyenoyama, who is also fighting on the same night. If he can put in a more impressive performance than either Dodson or da Silva, he has the chance to get the nod as the next challenger in the UFC’s newest division.
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