With UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez set to have a title rematch on November 30, there will be a need to find suitable contenders in the 125-pound weight class. Unfortunately, a solid December matchup between Scott Jorgensen and Ian McCall was cancelled due to an injury sustained by “Uncle Creepy”.
Jorgensen is moving down in weight from bantamweight where he was a top-10 contender. He was supposed to meet McCall on the UFC on FOX 9 card.
With that in mind, it’s a great time for the UFC to make a title eliminator fight between John Dodson and John Lineker. While some have complained about the flyweight division’s lack of finishes, a key affair between these two fighters would be a great way to contradict that theory.
Both are top-five contenders, with Dodson motivated to get another chance after a previous failed title opportunity against “Mighty Mouse”. He actually had some good early moments against Johnson before the champ’s skill set came to the forefront in the final few rounds to take the hard-fought five-round decision.
Dodson and Lineker both have tremendous power for the weight class and are coming off impressive performances. “The Magician” blitzed Darrell Montague in the first round at UFC 166 in a solid bounce back from his loss to the champ. He has tremendous speed and athleticism, and is definitely ready for another opportunity.
UFC President Dana White is on record as saying Lineker already would’ve had a title shot if it wasn’t for his tendency to miss weight. He failed to hit the 125-pound mark for the third time in five fights at UFC Fight Night 30. It took away from his impressive first round blitzing of Phil Harris. It was his fourth straight UFC victory and for “Hands of Stone’’, it was the 11th knockout of his career.
If Lineker can’t make the 125-pound limit for what would be a huge fight against Dodson, then it would be clear that flyweight is truly the wrong weight class for him.
A potential matchup between these two would have the potential for fireworks. While speed and athleticism are always on display when the 125-pounders battle in the Octagon, the power of Dodson and Lineker is an element that is usually missing in the division.
The winner of Johnson-Benavidez vs. the winner of Dodson-Lineker would definitely inject some life into a division that is still working to gain full acceptance from fans.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports