By Josh Reese
UFC on FX 5 will decide the next Flyweight title contender, but to be completely honest why so soon? Why should Demetrious Johnson, the first Flyweight champ who captured his belt at UFC 152 against Joseph Benavidez be asked to defend his belt so soon? Ideally if the fight between John Dodson and Jussier Formiga ends quickly the belt could……. be on the line at the end of the year or beginning of the year.
Wouldn’t the UFC be best served to hold Johnson back just a little bit and try to build up a real contender? In recent history Jim Miller won 7 in a row and then become a real Lightweight contender, the same with Welterweight Jake Ellenberger winner of 6 in a row. With so few 125’ers in the UFC and a very few elite talent, the UFC is doing its self a disservice by allowing Dodson and Da Silva to slug it out for a chance at the belt.
Roster of UFC Flyweights per UFC.com
Joseph Benavidez (16-3)
Chris Cariaso (14-3)
John Dodson (14-5)
Tim Elliott (8-3-1)
Jussier Formiga (14-1)
Louis Gaudinot (6-2)
Ulysses Gomez (9-3)
Phil Harris (21-9-1NC)
Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1)
John Lineker (19-6)
Ian McCall (11-3-1)
John Moraga (11-1)
Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6)
Darren Uyenoyama (7-3)
The list above, has very few names that stand out above the others, Benavidez, Cariaso really in my mind are the best 125’ers not named Demetrious Johnson. Benavidez just came off a 5 round decision to Johnson and needs a win to get his name back up, a fight between the two would make an interesting showcase of top Flyweight talent. “I want to be in that title conversation next, I feel like I am definitely a contender and I am ready for a shot tomorrow if they gave it to me” Cariaso said.
Formiga and Dodson are good Flyweights, they are not on the level of the aforementioned. Dana White always says the UFC is where the top talent is at, but this is Formiga’s first fight inside the octagon and while he has a good record it’s not against the UFC’s competition. Dodson on the other hand has been in the UFC and was a star in TUF 14 and was the winner of the Bantamweight competition, but he really in all honesty barely edged past Tim Elliot in his last fight.
To be a title contender you need a dominate win! Look at Benavidez, with his KO over Urushitani and Johnson beating McCall 5 out of 6 rounds in the two fights between the two. You really shouldn’t have people back there way in to title shots, in the UFC you earn title shots they shouldn’t be handed to you.
The compete UFC card will be as follows
Main Card (FX)
Heavyweight: Travis Browne (13-0-1) vs. Antonio Silva (16-4)
Welterweight: Jake Ellenberger (27-6) vs. Jay Hieron (23-5)
Flyweight: John Dodson (13-5) vs. Jussier Formiga (14-1)
Welterweight: Josh Neer (33-11-1) vs. Justin Edwards (7-2)
Preliminary Card (Fuel TV)
Lightweight: Jeremy Stephens (20-8) vs. Yves Edwards (41-18-1)
Lightweight: Michael Johnson (11-6) vs. Danny Castillo (14-4)
Lightweight: Jacob Volkmann (14-3) vs. Shane Roller (11-6)
Featherweight: Bart Palaszewski (36-15) vs. Diego Nunes (17-3)
Flyweight: Darren Uyenoyama (7-3) vs. Phil Harris (21-9-1NC)
Lightweight: Marcus LeVesseur (21-6) vs. Carlo Prater (30-11-1)
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Welterweight: Aaron Simpson (12-3) vs. Mike Pierce (14-5)
The card was also going to include Dennis Hallman and Thiago Tavares which was rescheduled from the dismantled UFC 151 card. However Hallman missed weight by 7 pounds and Tavares was not willing to take the fight so in turn the fight was scraped. Later in the afternoon it was learned that Hallman was dealing with personal issues and was released from the promotion, but was fired with full pay as well as win money.