UFC on Fox 8 Results: 5 Fights for Demetrious Johnson to Take Next

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2013

UFC on Fox 8 Results: 5 Fights for Demetrious Johnson to Take Next

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    In the aftermath of UFC on Fox 8, we are left with the notion that Demetrious Johnson may be the most underrated and under-appreciated champion in the ranks of the UFC.

    Johnson dominated an overmatched John Moraga en route to a submission victory Saturday night in Seattle. Wrestling, strength and quickness were the three keys in Johnson tapping out the skilled, yet inferior, Moraga.

    Moving forward, who should Johnson fight next? Here are five possibilities.  

Joseph Benavidez/Jussier Da Silva Winner

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    Joseph Benavidez and Jussier da Silva are set to meet in Brazil on the new Fox Sports series of cards. Whoever wins could become a viable No. 1 contender.

    Benavidez's only discrepancy at 125 pounds was his title loss to Demetrious Johnson. Other than that, he has been dominant, as seen in bouts with Yasuhiro Urushitani and Darren Uyenoyama.

    Da Silva was a highly touted prospect upon his arrival to the UFC, but his debut was derailed by John Dodson. He made a comeback in Brazil when he utterly dominated Chris Cariaso, getting back into the win column.

    Either man would present an exotic challenge for Mighty Mouse. 

Renan Barao

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    Is anybody other than me excited at the thought of a possible superfight between Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight kingpin Renan Barao?

    Barao has looked untouchable in his UFC tenure. Johnson has looked untouchable in his flyweight tenure.

    Barao is powerful, Johnson is the quickest man in the UFC.

    All of these variables make sense for a fight down the road. If the UFC wants to feature two lesser-known champions in the same fight, it could give great recognition to both menshould the fight be sold correctly.

John Lineker

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    John Lineker's UFC debut was very forgettable. Not only did he miss weight, but he was choked out by Louis Gaudinot.

    Now that he has his feet under him, the man with hands of stone has looked dominant in two UFC wins. He dominated Yasuhiro Urushitani on the feet before absolutely wrecking Azamat Gashimov.

    With the power he possesses in his hands, he can end the fight at a moment's notice. That is scary power for a guy who weighs just 125 pounds. Jose Maria Tome, his next opponent, should take note.

Louis Gaudinot/Tim Elliott Winner

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    UFC 164 hosts a key bout between entertaining flyweights Louis Gaudinot and Tim Elliott. The winner could be another candidate to meet Demetrious Johnson in a title bout.

    Gaudinot hasn't fought in a year, but his last outing saw him choke out John Lineker. The green-haired warrior has the well-rounded skill set and personality to win over fans.

    Elliott proved his worth and skill in his latest win over Jared Papazian. He is an iron-jawed, aggressive fighter with good wrestling and solid on-the-feet ability.

    Sure, they may not be the first fighters that come to mind in the title picture, but with the lack of depth in the division, a win at any time makes you a candidate for a title bout.

John Dodson

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    They fought before and I am sure they will fight again. 

    John Dodson and Demetrious Johnson's flyweight title bout earlier this year was a very entertaining, fast bout. Both men are flashes, so it made for an extremely fun fight.

    Dodson has great striking and takedown defense in contrast to Johnson's heavy top game and relentless takedown offense. Having them meet again would be awesome for fans.