It’s the UFC’s newest division — for men, anyway — but Dana White and company have snagged a few good contenders, many of them former bantamweights shedding a few more pounds. Still, as of Feb. 13, they only listed 13 fighters.
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Updated March 13
Demetrious Johnson (5-2-1 UFC, 7-2-1 Zuffa, 17-2-1 overall): Since losing bantamweight title bout to Dominick Cruz and drawing Ian McCall, Mighty Mouse has beaten McCall, Benavidez (to win inaugural belt) and Dodson (Jan. 26). Injured, out of bout with John Moraga.
John Dodson (3-1 UFC, 14-6 overall): TUF bantamweight champion has plenty of flyweight experience and unusual power for the division. DJ (Jan. 26) handed him first loss since 2009, a split-decision barnburner to Pat Runez hailed as a virtual non-Japan flyweight title fight.
Joseph Benavidez (4-1 UFC, 9-3 Zuffa, 17-3 overall): Two title shots in 25-month span, losing both by split decision. Was 5-2 as a WEC bantamweight, with both losses to Cruz. Lost to DJ, beat McCall (Feb. 2). Next: Darren Uyenoyama, April 20
At this point, none who isn’t a contender.
Tim Elliott (1-1 UFC, 9-3-1 overall): Lost debut to Dodson (UD), ending eight-fight win streak that included KO of Jens Pulver. Bounced back with a convincing win in a Fight of the Night over Papazian.
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Darrell Montague (12-2 overall): Beat Gomez to take Tachi Palace title in 2011; lost it to McCall.