UFC NEWS: UFC Set To Announce Flyweight Class This Weekend
It seems the smaller the package, the bigger the bang. At least that seems like what the UFC is thinking as it plans to announce the addition of the 125 lbs. weight class to the organization this weekend. And what better time to add a new weight class of “smaller” fighters than after an extremely successful TUF season that featured the organizations newly acquired featherweight (145) and bantamweight (135) classes.
UFC president Dana White confirmed that the featherweight class should officially be announced within the next few days. This addition will mark the UFC’s eighth weight class.
“It’s happening,” he said. “I told you guys it’s happening, and it’s happening.”
White discussed the plans and announcement of the weight class further at yesterday’s UFC on FOX 2 press conference. And when he was asked when the official announcement would come he explained, “This weekend. I should have something by this weekend.”
There is no doubt in my mind that the success of “TUF 14,” which was the first-ever season to feature 135-pound bantamweights and 145-pound featherweights, swayed the UFC’s decision to have a 125 lb. weight class. The talks of such a class being added to the organization have been going on for about a year, but with the overwhelming success of the TUF 14 season it seems that the UFC feels that the timing is finally right for the flyweights to have a place in the world’s largest MMA promotion.
Diego Brandao won the “TUF 14″ featherweight crown and stole much of the season’s hype and firepower. However, John Dodson, turned a lot of heads on his way to winning the season’s bantamweight crown. And what many people don’t know is that Dodson has spent most of his MMA career at flyweight, where he is world-ranked.
So, the addition of the flyweight class is going to open a ton of doors for many of the world’s top flyweights and smaller current bantamweights, like John Dodson.
Tachi Palace Fights plays home to a majority of the top 125-pound fighters, such as Ian McCall, Darrell Montague, Jussier da Silva and Ulysses Gomez, all of whom have expressed some interest in one day competing in the UFC.
There are also many fighter’s in the UFC’s bantamweight division who could make the drop, including Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson. However, White is leaving the choices up to the fighters.
“I’m not moving down anybody down,” he said. “Those guys can make the decisions themselves, what weight division they want to fight in. But I have a feeling that 125-pound division is going to be as nasty as (155) and (170). There’s going to be a lot of talent there.”
White also explained how this could open the door for further international-recruiting efforts.
“At 125 pounds, I think you’re going to see a lot of Hispanic and Asian fighters now coming to come compete at that weight,” he said. Well, if the saying “the smaller the package, the bigger the bang” hold true, 2012 is going to start off with an enormous eruption!