At this point, there’s little doubt Johnson could end up putting together a run as champion on par with the greats like Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva. His finish of Benavidez was jaw-dropping and further separated “Mighty Mouse” from the pack. Outside of a super-fight with a bantamweight like Urijah Faber, the only semi-plausible opponents for Johnson at the moment are John Dodson (who he beat last January but not without some adversity along the way) or John Lineker (who has failed to make weight a number of times and is allegedly on deck for a duel with Ali Bagautinov at UFC 169). Neither is a great option, but that’s all the UFC has to offer at this point. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Finding a UFC win lacking significance is akin to the proverbial needle in a haystack. However, there’s no question some victories have a larger impact on either a division or the involved individual than others. Such was certainly the case at UFC on FOX 9 where a few underdogs stepped up to the plate and knocked one out of the park, seasoned veterans rose to the occasion, and flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson turned in his best performance to date.
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