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UFC Sets Eyes On Possible Strawweight Division | UFC NEWS


It’s happening, the latest planned expansion for the Ulitmate Fighting Championship will be a 115 pound Strawweight division.

In an interview with UFC Tonight, UFC president Dana White said “I don’t know how soon it’s going to happen, but yes it will eventually happen.” He explained that: “As the sport continues to grow and we go into these other markets like Latin America, Asia, yes, we will eventually open up a lighter weight division. Which is a great thing. It’s an amazing opportunity for fighters all over the world.”

Although it has not been confirmed who the UFC will add to the roster at Strawweight, there is no shortage of talent. There are several top Strawweights currently competing in the Shooto organization in Japan that could make the transition. There are also many talented Muay Thai practitioners who could make the crossover into MMA. While traveling through Thailand last Spring, I got the opportunity to attend a few high level Muay Thai matches in Bangkok’s Lumpinee Stadium. Let me tell you these fighters will NOT disappoint fight fans. They strike with lightning fast speed, are incredibly fierce, and extremely violent. This makes for one of the most exciting fighting styles to watch. In fact, some Muay Thai fighters have already made the crossover into MMA, like Rambaa Somdet (10-2), who is on a blistering 9 fight win streak in Japan. Other Thai standouts are sure to follow.

Although the majority of top fighters currently competing around the 115 mark are fighting overseas in Asia, I also hear some talk of scouting to take place in Mexico and Latin America. Fighters from Latin America have long dominated the Strawweight boxing divisions, so there should be some great potential from this region. Bring on the Strawweights!

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22 Comments to UFC Sets Eyes On Possible Strawweight Division | UFC NEWS

  1. Paul says:

    I dont understand this. Youve got a tiny 125lbs division and now you talk about 115lbs WTF?!?!?!? Why dont you just make another womens division so cyborg can fight in her class or are you scared of taking the spotlight off ronda. You lost cyborg who is a bigger draw than ronda all cause she a camera hog. Shame on you UFC.

    • matalotz says:

      Fu(k Cyborg….. she is a juicer and looks like a man. Ronda is hot, classy and got the skillz to pay the billz. Anyway, the lighter weight classes bring it. Look at Manny Pacman, he started out at this weight class. u don’t know ur azz from a hole in the ground son….

      • Mayor of Deviance says:

        Skillz? Yeah. Hot? You betcha. Classy? Not a chance.

        I hope the UFC gets some good muay thai guys though in a 115lbs class. I prefer to see KOs and submissions though, and these lighter weight classes just can’t really deliver. They’re too quick to stay on the ground, and too light to have much KO power.

  2. STANDALONEDIEALONE says:

    IM EXCITED FOR IT. THE MORE FIGHTS THE BETTER. I CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH OF WATCHING MMA. IM TRULY UFCADDICTED. I CANT WAIT UNTIL IT ALL PLAYS OUT AND TO SEE WHO THAT CHAMPION IS GOING TO BE..

  3. Bradley Gustafson says:

    1 – Ronda Rousey is a much bigger draw than Cyborg.
    2 – It takes time to scout for talent and bring enough women fighters in to make a new weight division just for Cyborg. Be Patient.
    3 – A 115 lb division will be stacked with talent. People said the same thing when the idea of 125 was being tossed around, and it is turning out to be full of exciting fighters.

  4. Lucas Wonderz says:

    I would be more excited about a super-heavyweight class… Strawweight?? This must be a joke…

  5. alawaiman says:

    Ouch, Nando does have a point. But they are still exciting. Hopefully these Asian and Latin markets will also feed the flyweight division too.

  6. kushites says:

    That’s cool. All shapes and sizes. Let’s add some variety to the female weights so Cyborg and other big gals can scrap. And seriously, the UFC needs a Cruiserweight in between LHW and HW more than it does a straw weight.

    • anonymous says:

      i commented the same thing about a cruiserweight divsion but i said between MW and LHW but its not showing up for some reason. its really where dana and the fertittas needs to focus their attention. theres a lot of oversized middleweights and lots of undersized lhws that would create a very exciting and competitive division. just to shout out a few names wanderlei silva, rich franklin, anderson silva, tim boetsch, dan henderson, shogun, machida, vitor belfort.

    • Krtc says:

      Exactly! We need a 206-225lb weight class before we go smaller like boxing

  7. korean jesus says:

    whats next? 95lb fleaweight division?

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