As the ruler of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s smallest
weight class, it is not surprising that Demetrious
Johnson has faced his share of skeptics. Time and time again,
“Mighty Mouse” has proven the doubters wrong. With his emphatic
first-round knockout victory over Joseph
Benavidez at UFC on Fox 9, there is no question about Johnson’s
standing, both in the division and in the sport overall.
Meanwhile, Urijah Faber,
the longtime torchbearer for the lighter weight classes, showed he
is not ready to pass anything just yet, as he handily dispatched
McDonald in the UFC on Fox 9 co-headliner. Believe it or not,
another title shot could be in the near future for “The California
Mendes, Faber’s training partner at Team Alpha Male, continued
his drive toward a rematch with reigning featherweight king
Aldo by outpointing the hard-nosed Nik Lentz.
Earlier this month, former heavyweight No. 1 contender Antonio
Silva battled to a memorable draw with Mark Hunt at UFC
Fight Night 33, while Nate Diaz
solidified his status as an entertaining draw with a stoppage of
Maynard at “The Ultimate Fighter 18” Finale.
Of course, looming over it all was Georges St.
Pierre’s announcement that he would be taking an indefinite
leave of absence and vacating his welterweight title. Whether he
returns or not, the 170-pound division could be in for some major
changes in the months to come.