Dana White made some big announcements at today’s UFC 131 pre-fight press conference, and perhaps the biggest of them all was that the promotion are now fully committed to introducing a brand-new Flyweight (125lb) division.
According to White they are now hoping to add the lightest weight class yet to the UFC’s roster “really soon”, bringing the total number of divisions up to eight.
The move follows the introduction of the bantamweight (135lb) and featherweight (145lb) divisions at the start of the year following the merger between the UFC and it’s sister promotion WEC.
The announcement is good news for fans as the lighter weight-classes are well known for producing some of the most exciting, entertaining and energetic fights in the sport, and it’s good news for a host of 125lb fighters who have so far been tragically underutilized by the sports biggest promotions.
Look for the likes of Shooto flyweight champion Yasuhiro Urushitani, Mamoru Yamaguchi and Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall, three of the top flyweights in the world, to be amongst those the UFC will be hoping to scoop up in the near future as they attempt to build a strong division.
It’s also likely that this decision will tweak the interest of some current UFC bantamweight fighters, with the likes of Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson and Joseph Benavidez having the type of frame that would be perfectly suited to the lighter weight class.