UFC on Fox 8 Preview

ufc_on_fox_8The Flyweight Division is still a young one with only two title fights in the division and a handful of good fighters. It is one of the youngest divisions in the UFC and it is still finding its footing in the promotion. It is the lightest weight class for the UFC and that can be a good and a bad thing at times. The fighters are small and so their power is not at the level that many fight fans love to see. The Flyweights do not have the power and KO capability of the heavyweights as there are few fighters in the division that have enough power to really rock someone. Their light weights may not provide the most power but there is no doubt that their weights provide some of the fastest fighters in the UFC. The Flyweights are all very athletic and instead of using their power they use their speed to win fights. The flyweights have bound around the octagon in their fights and have shown what the lighter weight divisions can do. The division would start out with a tournament for the first time in a long time for the UFC and in the end Demetrious Johnson would come out on top. Now Johnson is the man in the Flyweight division but he has only defended the belt once in his time as a champion but is looking to be the first dominant champion in the Flyweight division. He would beat Joseph Benavidez to win the first Flyweight title and then would take on one of the most promising young fighters in the UFC in John Dodson. Now Johnson is looking to take on another contender as he continues to try to clean out the young division. The next man up will be John Moraga who would like nothing more than to put the notion that the Flyweights have no power. Although the Flyweight division does not get the most KOs in the UFC there are still a few fighters who have the power to earn KOs. Moraga is one of these fighters as his power could change the view of the Flyweight division and make fighters and fans think about the division differently. He will have to go through Johnson to change everyone’s mind though which is not an easy task. Both fighters are well-balanced but they go about things in a much different way. Moraga has the power in his hands to end the fight quickly but also the wrestling ability to win the fight on the ground. His submission game is great as well with a submission victory in the UFC. Moraga wants to finish a fight and he can do it either way whether he is on the ground or on his feet. The biggest challenge for Moraga will be the speed and pace that Demetrious Johnson sets in his fights. Johnson does not have the power on his feet that Moraga has but he does have the technical ability that Moraga does not. Johnson knows how to use his technique as he stands with fighters and moves at a frenetic pace. Constantly on the move, Johnson does not let fighters get into the pocket to unload on them. His wrestling game is also very good although he does not go for submissions as much as he defends them. Moraga will have to try to improve on the fight strategy of john Dodson who also had plenty of power but got outpaced by Johnson and could not keep up with him through all five rounds. Johnson has shown that he can outwork stronger opponents through five rounds and he will do it once again as Johnson will retain his belt with a unanimous decision victory.

Before the Flyweights face off two potential contenders for the welterweight title will face off in the hopes that they can get a title shot. Rory MacDonald will take on Jake Ellenberger in the co-main event of the evening with both fighters on the cusp of a title shot. For Rory MacDonald it will be a chance to get back to fighting after moving his way up the ladder until an injury halted his move for the time being. MacDonald stayed at the top of the rankings but would not move up being passed by Johnny Hendricks for a title shot. Now he returns for the first time since December 2012 to try to earn that title shot and end the reign of a dominant champion. He will have to do it against Jake Ellenberger who has been one of the best fighters in the division for years. After a 6 fight win streak was ended by Martin Kampmann, Ellenberger has come back to win two in a row. He now sits in the top five of the division and will try to beat a young rising star to get his shot at the title. Both fighters have the ability to win this fight either on the ground and standing as this fight is shaping up to be the Fight of the Night. It will be an interesting fight between two very good fighters both looking for the same thing and everyone will be watching to see who may be challenging Georges St. Pierre next.

 

Fight Card

Main Event:
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. John Moraga [Flyweight Title] (Sportsnet 360/FOX)

 

Main Card:
Rory “Ares” MacDonald vs. Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger (Sportsnet 360/FOX)

Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler vs. Bobby “Vicious” Voelker (Sportsnet 360/FOX)

Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche vs. Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade (Sportsnet 360/FOX)

 

Undercard:
Michael “Maverick” Chiesa vs. Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (Sportsnet 360/FX)

Danny “Last Call” Castillo vs. Time “The Dirty Bird” Means (Sportsnet 360/FX)

Mac Danzig vs. Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (Sportsnet 360/FX)

Yves Edwards vs. Daron “Detroit Superstar” Cruickshank (Sportsnet 360/FX)

Ed “Short Fuse” Herman vs. Trevor “Hot Sauce” Smith (Sportsnet 360/FX)

Julie “Fireball” Kedzie vs. Germaine “The Iron Lady” De Randamie (Sportsnet 360/FX)

Aaron Riley vs. Justin “J-Bomb” Salas (Facebook)

John “Prince” Albert vs. Yaotzin Meza (Facebook)

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