Ever since long-time UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson was sent to ONE Championship, there’s been questions about the future of the division he ruled for so log.
Not long after his departure, FloCombat reported that the closure of the division was imminent, and when the UFC released several notable flyweight fighters such as Justin Scoggins, Jose Torres, Jared Brooks and Roberto Sanchez, some of whom claimed to have heard the division was being scrapped, the wheels seemed to be in motion.
But then, in a strange and inexplicable twist, the UFC booked a flyweight title fight between reigning champion Henry Cejudo and reigning UFC bantamweight king TJ Dillashaw, who will move down a weight class for the fight.
News of this bout, which will occur at UFC 233 in the New Year, ran contrary to reports that the UFC was closing the flyweight division.
When pressed about the status of the division on the post-fight show for Saturday night’s UFC Denver card, UFC President Dana White dipped and dodged, and somehow managed to provide almost no clarity on the flyweight division’s future.
“Dillashaw wants to win two belts,” White said (transcript via MMAjunkie), explaining why Cejudo and Dillashaw are fighting at flyweight and not bantamweight. “There’s five or six guys who have done it, he wants to do it.”
“[Flyweight champion Henry] Cejudo is absolutely fine fighting at that weight instead of going to 135, so we made it.”
The only thing Dana White would say about the future of the UFC flyweight division is that the promotion is “working on some things right now.” Whatever that means.
What do you think the future holds for the UFC flyweight division?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/11/2018.