By Niall Clarke
- UFC Flyweight division 2016 preview and predictions
- Demetrious Johnson is the current champion
Part two of our UFC 2016 preview focuses on the smallest men’s weight class in the UFC, the Flyweight division.
For all the talk of champions such as Fabrico Werdum, Luke Rockhold, and Conor McGregor there is one man who trumps them all.
The most dominant champion in the UFC at the present time is the Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. ‘Mighty Mouse’ once again dominated all challengers in 2015, making two successful title defences to make it nine wins on the bounce.
Standing at five foot and three inches tall, Johnson is the smallest male competitor in the UFC. However defeating the champion proved to be too tall of an order for the Flyweight division.
Johnson kicked off his year at UFC 186 in April, defeating Kyoji Horiguchi via submission with one second left on the clock. It is officially the latest finish to a UFC fight in history.
In September ‘Might Mouse’ faced the one man who people thought had a chance of ending his reign. John Dodson had finished many challengers at 125 but ultimately was outclassed for Johnson in their rematch.
Henry Cejudo is rumoured to be the next opponent after going ten straight fights unbeaten. The former Olympic wrestling gold medalist made his Flyweight debut in 2015 and has won all three fights in the division.
Johnson is so technically skilled and has such a high fight IQ it is difficult to find where he loses the title. The 29 year old will likely make two defences during the year to take him one shy of Anderson Silva’s record of 10 straight defences. There are no clear weaknesses to be exploited and that is why it is difficult to see him lose anytime soon.
His dominance and the rarity of finishes have meant that Johnson is rather under-appreciated by the MMA community. Expect that to change in 2016 when people realise just how special ‘Mighty Mouse’ really is. He is currently the pound for pound best fighter in the company and expect that to remain the case in 2016 as he knocks off more contenders. Whether it is ‘exciting’ or not, people will come to respect his brilliance.
Below the champion there is a competitive division and expect the line of challengers to grow as an extra influx of Flyweights enter the UFC.
Stay tuned for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight preview on December 26th.
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