How to save the UFC men’s flyweight division: exploring the matches to make at 125-pounds
There is so much that is going on at the moment with the men’s flyweight division, much that is still just speculation.
Rumors have it the Dana White and the UFC is still considering the fate of the 125-pound men’s division. With Henry Cejudo beating TJ Dillashaw in the first round via TKO, and winning the fight for all the flyweights, it’s hard not to question what it means for the division.
With exciting flyweight matchups happening as of late and many that are booked, here’s a list of fights that could revitalize the division even more:
The fights to make for the UFC men's 125-pounders
Dana White was not willing to make a deal with Cejudo that if he was to beat TJ the division stays, even though Cejudo was campaigning for this at a press conference. before eventually taking out the bantamweight king in less than one minute. With no announcement at the moment of the flyweight division being killed, there are still fights that are booked and fighters who are climbing up the rankings. Check out our list of the fights that should be made in the 125-pound division in order to keep it alive and interesting.
John Moraga (#5) vs Alexandre Pantoja (#7)
This would a great fight for the 125-pound division. Morgana is a former title challenger and potential contender for the new Legacy Belt. This win would help keep him in the top of the division. As for Pantoja, this would be his opportunity to take out a big name, make a name for himself, and break into the top-5.
Alex Perez (#9) vs Tim Elliott (#10)
When you talk about action packed fights with a non-stop pace, this is the fight that should be made. Alex Perez made a name for himself when he picked apart and finished Jose “Shorty” Torres, a flyweight that had a lot of hype behind him. He dropped his last fight to Jospeh Benavidez, but sky is the limit for this kid. As for Elliott, he's a former title challenger and TUF winner. This would be a good way for the veteran to get back on a nice winning streak and take out a dangerous prospect in Perez.
Wilson Reis (#6) vs Dustin Ortiz (#8) 2
This is a rematch that I would like to see, Reis has a win over Ortiz from their fight back in 2016. Since then, Ortiz has looked much improved and just took a step back dropping another fight to Joseph Benavidez. Regardless, he looked good in that fight and I feel he has made more progress than Reis. This is a good comeback fight for Ortiz and another way to jump up in the rankings.
Henry Cejudo (C) vs Joseph Benavidez (#2) 2
This fight needs to happen. If the UFC decides not to book a rematch with Dillashaw and Cejudo, then this fight will most likely take place this year. Benavidez has remained at the top of the division for quite some time. He also holds a win against the champ, and at the moment it is the only championship fight to make at 125-pounds. If the Cejudo truly wants to save the division, he will defend his championship against the true #1 contender, and attempt to avenge his loss to the man with the most swag.
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