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As has been suspected for quite some time, Dana White confirmed that the UFC on FX 5 flyweight fight between John Dodson and Jussier Formiga is for a shot at Demetrious Johnson's belt.
The UFC's flyweight division now has its champion, but now the next step for the weight class is challengers for its champion Demetrious Johnson. Because of the lack of depth, it's been speculated amongst MMA fans that it wouldn't take too much to earn a title shot, and that appears to be the case this go-round. Dana White confirmed to MMA Junkie that the UFC on FX 5 main card bout between John Dodson and Jussier Formiga would be for the next title shot.
At least one fighter will walk away from Friday's UFC on FX 5 event with a guaranteed title shot.
The winner of a main-card bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 14" winner John Dodson (13-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Jussier Formiga (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will get the first shot at the recently awarded flyweight title.
UFC President Dana White today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Dodson vs. Formiga opens the FX broadcast and is the 1st non-tournament flyweight fight to get main card time. There is another flyweight tilt on the preliminary card, as Darren Uyenoyama fights debutant Phil Harris. The only other scheduled 125 lbs fight over the next several cards is at UFC on FUEL 6 when Yasuhiro Urushitani fights John Lineker.
This does once again raise the question I brought up Monday, if you are knowingly declaring this a "winner gets a title shot" fight for a brand new weight class, why are you not promoting it on the poster or on television? I understand it would probably be unfair to Jake Ellenberger and Jay Hieron to be bumped from co-main of a PPV to not even co-main of an FX show, but surely there should be more push behind this fight?
Either way, this card now features two key fights at the smallest and biggest weight classes in the UFC, with Dodson/Formiga opening the show and Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva closing it in a key heavyweight collision for men going in opposite directions in their respective careers.