As the UFC continues to push its still fairly new flyweight division, the promotion is in a bit of a predicament, due to the fact champion Demetrious Johnson has defeated the top four ranked 125érs. Now, if the # 5 ranked Jussier “Formiga” defeats #1 contender Joseph Benavidez tomorrow night at UFC FN 28, then the UFC might take a look at him, but that’s a decent sized if. After all, the only men to defeat Benavidez to date are Johnson and bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, and “Formiga” is one win removed from a stoppage loss to John Dodson.
While Formiga didn’t secure a top five spot by accident, and is a ridiculously talented grappler, Benavidez is a huge favorite on the betting lines to win tomorrow’s tilt. So, if Benavidez does win, will he be calling out “Mighty Mouse” for a rematch? Apparently not. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio recently, here’s some of what the Team Alpha Male fighter had to say about tomorrow and his title shot aspirations.
“The great performance part is definitely part of my plan,” the 29 year-old-fighter aid. “The calling out? That’s not really me.
“I’d be down to fight Demetrious, but like I think I’ve told you guys before, it’s not something I’m like obsessing over. It’s just kind of there, and at the end of the day, it’s not really my decision anyway. I’m going to fight, I’m going to do good, and I’m willing to go for the title. But ultimately, if they want to make the decision, they’re going to make the decision and give me the title shot. It’s not anything I need to ask for.”
It will be interesting to see what the UFC does if Benavidez does win, as although the dynamic fighter will have won three straight, he was defeated by Johnson approximately one year ago. As a result, the promotion might look to change things up by considering the #6 ranked John Lineker, or the #7 positioned Tim Elliott (who just defeated Louis Gaudinot, who in turn, has a win over Lineker). Guess we’ll find out soon enough.
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