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Posted by on 2017/03/04 · Comments: 00 · Filed under: Opinion, Original

The flyweight division is home to the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Yet, he fights on UFC Fox cards and not on pay-per-views.

This happens quite often actually, where a champion has basically cleared out their division. Dominick Cruz, Ronda Rousey, Anderson Silva, and Jon Jones at one point. Joanna Jedrzejczyk is currently in the process. When it happens, the hype sometimes dies behind the division, but more around the fighter. Keyword: sometimesIn Johnson’s case, this hasn’t happened, partly because of the UFC and also because of the champ himself. He isn’t much of a fan of the trash talking and hype-making.

I think it’s time the world gets familiar with the division. It’s time to make this division great again.

I’ve gathered a list of fights that are no brainers when it comes to the matchmaking game. Now many amazing fights have already been booked, however, these are the ones that are also needed to make the fans excited again about this division.

MMA and a Rapper: The Flyweight Fights To Make

With the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world coming out of the flyweight division, more attention and hype should be surrounding Demetrious Johnson and what he has done in this weightclass. He truly is a walking legend. With #7 Ian McCall now fighting at bantamweight and #6 Dustin Ortiz vs #9 Brandon Moreno, #3 Jussier Formiga vs #8 Ray Borg and #10 Tim Elliott vs #12 Louis Smolka already booked, there are some pivotal matchups that need to happen to make the flyweight division great again. These are the fights that are going to create not only contenders, but stars.

#13 Ben Nguyen vs #14 Alexandre Pantoja

Although this fight wouldn't put either fighter in the title picture, this would be the perfect matchup to make for the future of the division. We must always think of the new era fighters. Always. This fight would give each man more experience in the octagon and more exposure to create their fanbase. Both Nguyen and Pantoja are coming off wins so I think this is the match to make.
Dana, book it...

#4 Wilson Reis vs #5 Sergio Pettis

Pettis is coming off of a three-fight win streak and so is Reis. Both fighters have gone the distance in their last fights. Both have a standup game. It would be an awesome matchup for both, I think. Also a potential fight of the year candidate. With a win, either of these men could easily get in the title hunt as Johnson is currently in need of viable contenders. He doesn't plan on moving up in weight class either. Dana, look into this matchup. The fans deserve it and it would be one hell of a scrap.

#2 Henry Cejudo vs #11 John Moraga

I don't think I could have thought of a better matchup. Both men are coming off losing streaks and both are in desperate need of a win to elevate their careers. What an opportunity for both men. If Cejudo wins, he could easily take on a top contender and put himself back in the title hunt. Moraga wouldn't be an easy fight though. He's fought the best of the best in the division, if you ask me. He's beaten #6 Dustin Ortiz and has scrapped with Joseph Benevidez and Sergio Pettis in the past. A win for Moraga would easily put him in the title picture as well.
I really want to see this fight if you couldn't tell.

(C) Demetrius Johnson vs #1 Joseph Benevidez 3

No need to state the obvious, Benevidez should get the next shot at the flyweight champion. It's the only title fight that makes sense; especially after The Ultimate Fighter winner, Tim Elliot, received an immediate title shot after the show. Benevidez took on Johnson back in 2012 and 2013. Needless to say, much has changed sinceHe has beaten the only contenders for the belt, and after beating Cejudo most recently, I'm not sure what the holdup is. Many of the greatest fights in the history of the sport have been trilogies. Cruz vs Faber 3, for example. Johnson has never looked more human than he did against Elliott, so it would be interesting to see him scrap with Benevidez again, who looked great against Cejudo. It's time to run it back, Dana.

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