June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (right) fights against Ian McCall (left) during their UFC bout at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Flyweight Contenders

The flyweight division was integrated into the UFC earlier this year and for good reason. This division is the most exciting weight class in the UFC.

The fighters show speed, technique and, yes, even power. It’s a shallow weight class right now with only 11 flyweights in the UFC, but there is a lot of talent. Let’s look at the talent in and out of the UFC.

Joseph Benavidez:

Mine and most others choice to be the inaugural flyweight champion. He has all the traits of a champion and even pushed the bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, to a split decision. Benavidez has outstanding jiu-jitsu, boxing and wrestling and if not for being so much smaller than Cruz would most likely have been the bantamweight champion.

Demetrious Johnson:

Our other flyweight finalist. He is the fastest fighter in the UFC and will need to use that along with his wrestling to defeat Benavidez. If he can do this it’s tough to say he can’t hold onto the belt for a while with his speed and wrestling combination. He only recently has started training MMA full time and keeps growing and getting better.

Jussier da Silva:

The former No. 1 ranked flyweight in the world. His only loss is to Ian McCall, but since then has won four straight fights. He is not currently in the UFC, but he should be sometime soon as the division grows. Da Silva is a submission artist and that should be key for him with the outstanding wrestlers in the UFC. If he can hang on the feet, he will definitely have an advantage against most on the ground.

Ian McCall:

For most fans he was supposed to win the flyweight title. He was the former ranked No. 1 flyweight in the world after defeating Jussier da Silva and in most fans opinion defeated Johnson in the first fight. He will be back and a fight with John Dodson seems like a good matchup for a one of the elite fighters in the division.

John Dodson:

The former Ultimate Fighter winner seems to be putting it all together. He defeated Tim Elliot in his first UFC flyweight fight and should be only one spot away from a title shot. Dodson has some huge power and is one of the fastest fighters in the division. He looks to have improved his wrestling and will have the speed advantage against most fighters. He’s young and definitely has title potential.

Louis Gaudinot:

Sort of a dark horse contender. He’s only 1-1 in the UFC, but in the flyweight division is undefeated. The size differential was the biggest issue at bantamweight, but in flyweight he seems at home. If he can use his jiu-jitsu and kick boxing well like he did against Lineker he can go far in this shallow division.


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