THE TWO DIVISIONS we are having a look at this week may have some of the smallest fighters size-wise, but that doesn’t mean they are any less exciting than the big boys.
The relatively new flyweight and featherweight divisions contain some of the most explosive and fast-paced fighters in the UFC.
Jose Aldo, the man who sits atop the division, has looked unstoppable since getting hold of the WEC belt off Mike Brown in 2009.
He has put to bed his only career loss to Luciano Azevedo by going on a six year, fourteen fight, unbeaten run that has seen him demolish almost every opponent.
However, while Aldo looked tentative in his first two UFC fights, gaining decision wins over Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian, he dismantled the young pretender Chad Mendes in UFC 142 in January.
Having seemingly nowhere to go in the division, there are rumours of other fighters dropping down to fight him or even him moving up in weight. Despite this, he is guaranteed to have at least one more fight at featherweight as Dana White announced this week that he is to top the bill at an event in Canada later this year against an as yet un-named opponent.
Hatsu Hioki is a likely shout for that fight having slowly found his feet in the UFC, while Dustin Poirier has shown he is the real deal and could be the next big thing in the division.
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The UFC flyweight division got off to an acrimonious start in the fight between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson.
The match was originally called as a majority decision win for Johnson before a review of the scorecards revealed it should have been a majority draw.
A re-match was almost instantly called and the winner will face Joseph Benavidez for the honour of becoming the UFC’s first flyweight champ.
And what a prospect that is. Benavidez has fought the best there is in the lightweight division above this and looked absolutely spectacular in his fight with Yashuhiro Urushitani making the prospect of the inaugural title match-up being a distinctly mouth-watering one.