The 24th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” has received its two coaches. Former title challengers Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo will serve as team leaders as 16 flyweights not only compete for a UFC contract but also a title shot against current champion Demetrious Johnson.
Since winning the flyweight championship in 2012, Johnson (24-2) has been virtually unstoppable beating everyone the UFC has thrown his way. He recently defeated Cejudo at UFC 197 via a TKO in under three minutes. In the past Johnson had been criticized for not finishing his fights but three of his last five wins have come by way of knockout or submission.
Benavidez has been widely considered the best flyweight in the world not named Demetrious Johnson. He has only four career losses and both of them have come by two men. He has lost twice to Johnson and twice to current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Since losing to Johnson back in 2013, Benavidez has gone on to win five straight bouts.
Benavidez and Cejudo will also square off at the show’s finale in what could prove to be a number one contender’s bout.
Having an influx of flyweights from around the world will definitely bring a breath of fresh air to a division that has been low and the fan’s radar for quite some time now. The added stipulation of a title shot should also spark interest into the long running reality series as well. Also having two former title challengers help train the fighter who could potentially dethrone Johnson is an interesting layer to this season.
The 24th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” is expected to air sometime in August on Fox Sports 1.