Is Sergio Pettis the one to beat Demetrius Johnson?
Ever since Demetrius Johnson defeated Ray Borg for his 11th consecutive title defense, there really isn't no one in the division left but one. Demetrius has defeated the likes of John Dodson twice, Joseph Benividez twice, and Henry Cejudo. With Joseph Benividez being next in line and Demetrius defeating him twice already, there isn't much you can do but either let Demetrius go up and weight and fight the winner of Dillashaw/Garbrandt or fight #4 contender Sergio Pettis. Pettis has grown a lot of as a fighter but still has more growth to do as an mixed martial artist. The younger brother of former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis has been very impressive since the start of his mixed martial arts career. He won his first 10 fights as a professional and had an unorthodox style just like his older brother. He does hold notable victories over John Moraga and Brandon Moreno but none match up to the likes of Johnson. If I see Pettis beating Demetrius Johnson it's by a slick submission just like how Anthony defeated Ben Henderson for the Lightweight title. Pettis does have great stand up but he has been caught by Ryan Benoit that would be his only Knockout loss in his career. Demetrius Johnson is far more superior on the stand up game due to speed and hand power as he knocked out Joseph Benividez. Sergio does have a taekwondo background that could aid him against Johnson and using his distance to keep Johnson away from him. Johnson obviously has superior wrestling but Pettis trains with Tyron Woodley so he can improve his wrestling defense. I personally have Demetrius finishing him in the 5th round but just like his brother he maybe able to pull off an upset. One thing about a Pettis is they pull off upsets right at the last minute and the sky is the limit. Pettis is now #4 in the UFC Flyweight division and maybe next in line for the title. Is Sergio Pettis the one to end Demetrius Johnson reign of terror or he another victim of Mighty Mouse's dominance? This fight is most interesting because over the years Champions changed hands from fighters critics said was the one. Could history repeat itself and faith be on Pettis's side?