The 125-pound weight class isn’t going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. It’s the smallest men’s division in the UFC, in terms of size and viewership numbers. There just aren’t many fans who are into watching “little guys” as there are who want to see big men bang. It’s a shame, because this is where the fastest-paced fights take place.
This is also where the UFC’s most dominant champion, Demetrious Johnson, resides. On track to break the UFC record for most title defenses in 2017, “Mighty Mouse” is among the most well-rounded fighters on the roster. Finding somebody to dethrone him has become an intriguing challenge that the UFC is running out of ways to solve.
Let’s take a deeper look at the flyweight division. Remember, you can bet on your favorite fighters with the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu.
Weight Limit: 125 pounds
Average Height: 65.3” (5’3.3”)
Average Reach: 66.2” (5’5.2”)
Current UFC Rankings (As of January 1, 2017)
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1. Joe Benavidez
2. Henry Cejudo
3. Ray Borg
4. Wilson Reis
5. Jussier Formiga
6. Sergio Pettis
7. Brandon Moreno
8. Tim Elliott
9. Ian McCall
10. Dustin Ortiz
11. Ben Nguyen
12. John Moraga
13. Louis Smolka
14. Alexandre Pantoja
15. Ryan Benoit
Demetrious Johnson remains the king of the 125-pound class, but he could be facing the toughest test of his reign with a matchup against former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in the works. However, “Mighty Mouse” is pumping the brakes on the rumored matchup, recently stating that he’s agreed to no such fight. It’d be a shame if it doesn’t happen, as Dillashaw’s background offers more intrigue than anyone currently in the division.
Fighters to Watch
Brandon Moreno makes a big jump in the our rankings with a big win over Dustin Ortiz this past April. That makes him 3-0 in the UFC, with an upcoming matchup against Sergio Pettis on tap for UFC Fight Night on August 5. At 23 years old, the kid has a lot of promise in a division that could use some new contenders.
MMA Odds and Ends
Tim Elliott has a date with Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night in New Zealand on June 10. The TUF winner’s return to the octagon has been excellent so far, as he followed up an impressive showing in a loss to Demetrious Johnson with a thorough domination of BJJ ace Louis Smolka. Expect Elliott to be a big favorite in the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu, even though he’ll be fighting in hostile territory.
Never Give Up: Joe Benavidez. Though he’s lost twice to Johnson, Benavidez has firmly established his spot as the No. 1 contender for years on running. He’ll likely get a third shot at the title early in 2017. You’ve got to admire that kind of tenacity.
Young and Dangerous: Kyoji Horiguchi. Just 26 years old, the Japanese native has plenty of time to improve an already impressive skillset. He’s already one of the division’s hardest punchers and has lost just once in 8 UFC bouts. You guessed it: against Demetrious Johnson.
The GOAT: Obviously, Demetrious Johnson. He’s the only flyweight champion the UFC has ever known and has lapped the competition.
The Future of FlyweightHaving a dominant champion both hurts and helps the UFC. Dethroning somebody that seems unbeatable is a compelling storyline, but Johnson is not a fighter who cares much for promoting himself. And even now, he’s hardly a star. In fact, nobody in this division moves the needle much in terms of viewership. Let’s hope some brash young fighter pops out of nowhere and gives this division a shot in the arm.
Bet UFC Events at BookMaker and receive a 100% Sign up Bonus up to $1000. Join Now