“Is that true? Well look at that. That’s interesting. Oh wow. That’s crazy. That’s super weird. So the winner would face the champion. Joseph [Benavidez] should enter the contest! That’s super crazy. That’s super odd. That’s kind of f***ed up for all the other guys that have been in the division for a long time. I have to read that again, that’s very odd. I’m confused a little bit, very confused… That’s super interesting though because I feel like if I was in the UFC and I wasn’t the champion that I would jump on the show and get released from my contract. So what about the current flyweight contenders? No matter how amazing they perform, they’re not getting the shot.”
-During a Twitch stream this week, UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson reacts to the news that The Ultimate Fighter 24 will crown a challenger for his title (transcribed by BloodyElbow.com).
Penick’s Analysis: These are the types of things one might think the UFC would consult with their fighters on, yet never do. Obviously, it’s not a guarantee Johnson is the champion come December, but as that’s a very likely possibility, to not have had that discussion means there’s no negotiation for the champion himself. Now, he’s taken out most of the division, but his point about the other contenders is apt, and really shouldn’t sit well with those other contenders in the 125 lb. division. Perhaps there’s a title defense in between by late summer, but it holds things up considerably for those already established names in the flyweight field.
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