Five bantamweights who should make the drop to flyweight

Maggie Hendricks

UFC president Dana White said this week that the promotion will soon have an announcement on adding a flyweight class. Bringing in 125-lb. fighters will not only add some fast-paced excitement to cards, but will also create a welcome home for fighters who were undersized at bantamweight's 135-lb. limit.

Five fighters who would welcome a 10-lb. drop:

Joe Benavidez: He is on a three-fight win streak, but he couldn't get past bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz on his first title try. At 5-foot-4, Benavidez could come up with another title run at flyweight and avoid the possible problem of having to challenge his mentor, contender and former champ Urijah Faber.

Chris Cariaso: At bantamweight, the 5-foot-3 Cariaso is 2-1 in his last three fights, all decisions. Smaller opponents could give him the chance to break out.

John Dodson: The newest Ultimate Fighter is pint-sized, personable and exciting in the cage. In other words, he's the exact kind of fighter to become the face of a new division.

Louis Gaudinot: At "The Ultimate Fighter" 14 finale, Gaudinot could not get out from underneath Johnny Bedford. The size that kept him from winning will be an asset at a smaller weight class.

Demetrious Johnson: "Mighty Mouse" made an impressive run for the bantamweight belt, but lost to Cruz. He has another shot to impress as a bantam when fighting Eddie Wineland at UFC on Fox 2, but don't be surprised to see Johnson and his 5-foot-3 frame drop to flyweight.

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