There’s no disputing that Demetrious Johnson is the greatest flyweight in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). After all, the 30-year-old is going for his record-tying 10th consecutive Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title defense at UFC on FOX 24 on April 15 opposite Wilson Reis. But as good as Johnson has been as the 125-pound king, Joseph Benavidez has been as dominate in his runner-up role. The only problem; Benavidez has already lost twice to “Mighty Mouse.” In turn, Johnson doesn’t believe UFC president Dana White wants to see the trilogy.
“There’s a side of you that feels bad, and there’s a side of you that doesn’t,” said Johnson in a recent interview with MMA Junkie. “What if he loses for a third time? Does he just retire from the division? What do you do with him?
“The UFC is all about making stars … I think they’re more about marketing and making stars and making compelling matchups. Not a lot of people are calling for the Joseph Benavidez third rematch. Dana White told me to my face, ‘I don’t want to see it again. There’s nothing there.’”
Sadly for Benavidez, who has won six in a row since dropping his title rematch to Johnson back in 2013, the champion, as well as White, have a point. Their first matchup resulted in a close split decision, but “Mighty Mouse” came back at UFC on FOX 9 and knocked Benavidez out cold in just over two minutes.
That said, the flyweight division is arguably the slimmest roster under UFC control. Benavidez holds victories over former title challengers Henry Cejudo, Tim Elliott, John Moraga and divisional defector Ali Bagautinov. He also defeated rising title contender Jussier Formiga via submission back in 2013. If Benavidez continues his winning ways, what the hell should UFC do with him?
Source:: mma mania