MCGRATH: Ranking the top ten male flyweights in MMA

By David McGrath, MMATORCH contributor

Mar 11, 2017; Fortazela, Brazil, USA; Ray Borg (blue gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Centro de Formacao Olimpica de Fortaleza. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sport

1. Henry Cejudo

Cejudo has already done more for the flyweight division than Demetrius Johnson ever did. Beating TJ Dillashaw the way he did catapulted Cejudo into potentially top five pound for pound status. We shall see if Cejudo defends his flyweight title or moves up. Interesting.

2. Demetrious Johnson

Mighty Mouse is still one of the greatest martial artists on earth. I expect him to have even more success against inferior competition in ONE FC.

3. Joseph Benavidez

Benavidez was dominant in a win over Dustin Ortiz at Fight Night Brooklyn. He is next in line for a title shot if the flyweight division sticks around.

4. Jussier Formiga

Three wins in a have really launched Formiga into title contention. He’s not a huge name, but still a very dangerous matchup for Cejudo.

5. Devieson Figueiredo

Figueiredo has a massive fight upcoming in March against the aforementioned Formiga – the outcome could potentially provide the next title challenger.

6. Ray Borg

Borg has been on the shelf as his newborn son has gone through a massive health scare but is seemingly on the mend. Look for Borg to return to the cage in 2019.

7. John Moraga

Moraga wins some and loses some. He’s not overly impressive in any one aspect of MMA. He does enough to hang around however in an understatedly deep division

8. Dustin Ortiz

Ortiz Fought Benavidez hard at UFC Brooklyn. I’m going to match him with Moraga next and see if he can get a win under his belt.

9. Mateus Nicolau

Nicolau has a very impressive record with some big wins. Losing his last fight to Ortiz killed his top three chances or any chance to contend for a title anytime soon. He could still be a dark horse in the division though.


10. Alexandre Pantoja

Another good fighter with very few losses in a deep division. Pantoja needs a top 7 win to remain relevant in the division in 2019.


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