It’s been hinted at for some time now and this weekend Dana White expects to announce that the UFC will be adding a new 125lb flyweight division to the UFC’s divisional roster.
“It’s happening,” he said. “I told you guys it’s happening, and it’s happening,” White told reporters today.
The move will follow on from the successful addition of the 135lb bantamweight and 145lb featherweight divisions at the start of 2011.
Those divisions introduced a whole host of talented fighters to the promotion including Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber who were recently announced as the TUF 15 coaches on FX, and Jose Aldo who will headline a show in his native Brazil in January.
With a very entertaining season of TUF also just finished featuring an abundance of new stars for the 135 and 145lb division’s it seems like a no-brainer to now also bring in the 125lb’ers who can bring a similar level of excitement to the Octagon.
While there will certainly be a number of new faces brought into the equation the new division is also likely to feature some familiar ones too as there are fighters currently fighting at 135lbs who are better suited to a lighter weight-class, including new TUF champ John Dodson, Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.
So far there’s no date for exactly when the division will be installed, but as they get ready to embark on their busiest year ever in 2012 it makes sense to bring it in as soon as possible – hopefully in January.