The UFC on FX 8 card, from top to bottom, features one of the more stellar FX lineups to date. In addition to the headliner of Vitor Belfort against Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza faces Chris Camozzi, Rafael dos Anjos fights Evan Dunham, Rafael Natal meets Joao Zeferino and the highly touted Hacran Dias looks to keep his streak intact against Nik Lentz.

However, the most important fights on the card, aside from the headliner and co-headliner, will see Facebook action only, unless at least one of them ends in a finish. First, Jussier “Formiga” da Silva fights Chris Cariaso, and then John Lineker squares off with Azamat Gashimov. Now, some might still question the significance of these two fights, but think about a few things before making any judgment.

First, of those four flyweights, only Lineker comes off a win and holds potential to put a streak together. Formiga, Cariaso and Gashimov need a win to avoid back-to-back losses and a spot on the proverbial chopping block. Second, Gashimov makes his flyweight debut against Lineker, who debuted in the UFC as a flyweight and recently defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani. Third, Formiga’s chance to return to the win column comes in his home country, whereas Cariaso faces the unenviable task of trying to best a Brazilian in Brazil.

But fourth, and most important, is the fact that despite the losses some of these men hold in their most recent outings, the two fighters that emerge victorious could find themselves in line for a title shot sooner rather than later. Remember, the flyweight division only contains 13 fighters, including champion Demetrious Johnson. Johnson is next set to face John Moraga, whose recent third-round win over Cariaso came on Facebook. With very few alternative options at the time, Moraga made the most sense as Johnson’s next opponent.

Who can say the same won’t happen for at least one of these four men with a win this weekend?

Sure, their fights fly under the radar and fans may not even realize that these four fought on this card until one of them eventually reaches main-card status in the future. However, the flyweight division has long held the distinction of being the sport’s best-kept secret, and the placement of these fights just illustrates that fact.

The flyweight class still remains one of the promotion’s two youngest divisions, and so despite being the sport’s best-kept secret, it will not grow in depth overnight. However, these fights do create the argument that we may witness the most important Facebook card of any UFC card so far come Saturday. We’ve seen fights featuring touted prospects on Facebook before, but none of them promised short-term title implications such as these. Normally, Facebook fights only promise that one man stays employed and the other gets a pink slip.

For those who still do not believe it, tune into the card this Saturday afternoon. After Lucas Martins kicks off the card with Jeremy Larsen in their featherweight firefight, keep a sharp eye on the two flyweight bouts. When all is said and done, at least one of these two men will deliver such a powerful performance that they will leave no doubt about how much they deserve the winner of Johnson vs. Moraga in their next bout.

Photo: Jussier da Silva (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.