Benavidez vs Johnson Results: Fighters Who Would Challenge Johnson

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2012

September 22, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Demetrious Johnson celebrates his win over Joseph Benavidez (not pictured) in the flyweight championship during UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Demetrius Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152, becoming the first ever flyweight champion in the sport's history.

Now that the newest UFC title has an official home, it's time to start thinking about who could challenge Johnson next.

Let's take a look at some possible candidates.


Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso (14-3)

After losing to Michael McDonald at UFC 130 last May, Cariaso finds himself in the midst of a three-fight winning streak.

In his last three fights, Kamikaze has beaten Vaughan Lee, Takeya Mizugaki and Josh Ferguson, all in that order. All of those victories went the distance with only one being a split decision.

Cariaso has a tough chin and while he won't wow you with submission skills or brute power, Cariaso's strikes are relentless and if you make a mistake on the ground, he can make you pay for it.


Jussier da Silva (14-1)

A submission specialist, da Silva has proven to be a dangerous competitor when the fight is taken to the ground. His transition skills are incredible and despite his lack of power, he more than makes up for it with his ground game.

The Brazilian has won his last five fights with his last loss coming against the talented Ian McCall. But it appears da Silva has rebounded quite nicely and could have a title shot in his near future as long as he wins his October 5th match first.

However, if da Silva truly wants to make his mark in the division, he must learn how to work his hands better in order to become a more complete fighter.


Ian McCall (11-3-1)

McCall has great size for a flyweight, but his speed leaves a lot to be desired. Still, his chin more than makes up for that so while his faster opponent might land five punches to every one punch McCall throws, he can take it.

His wrestling abilities make him a nightmare for opposing fighters and once the fight goes to the ground, McCall has a huge advantage. His ground strikes are vicious and the same can be said for when he stands up.

And don't think he's easy to take down, either.

McCall has had some problems outside of the Octagon, but if he can keep it clean, look for McCall's name to be mentioned as a potential challenger for Johnson.