On Saturday July 27, the UFC flyweight championship will headline UFC on FOX 8, yet again on free TV.
Flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson will defend his belt against no. 5 ranked flyweight John Moraga in what should be another fast-paced flyweight war. However, the flyweight division of the UFC seems to fly under the radar for a lot of casual fans.
The division was initiated in the UFC in March of 2012 and hasn’t had the time to develop that other divisions have. Certainly, a flyweight championship bout doesn’t garner the intensity and hype that some of the heavier divisions championship bouts muster from fans — UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is proclaimed the baddest man on the planet for a reason.
The biggest complaint I’ve heard about the flyweight division is that they don’t finish fights often enough. Fans need to realize that the lower frequency of finishes in the 125-pound division is probably due to how evenly matched the fighters are at this weight class, not because flyweights are incapable of finishing fights. John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez are certainly finishers after all.
Fortunately for the flyweight division, the UFC seems to realize the situation and has a game plan in order. The UFC has kept the majority of the flyweight championship fights outside pay-per-views and instead on Fox or FX, giving the fighters a chance to grow in a way that should allow them to headline pay-per-views successfully in the future.
Division champ Mighty Mouse is slowly becoming a household name. The UFC is on top of things.
Hopefully someday casual fans will appreciate the flyweight division and Mighty Mouse will get the praise he deserves. The skill and speed of the little guys can lead to some very exciting fights, and I’ve never seen Johnson in a boring fight.
Tune in for some free fights on Saturday and expect a fast-paced fight of the night when Moraga and Johnson meet in the center of the octagon. Mighty Mouse Johnson is not one to disappoint his fans.