The Ultimate Fighting Championship is always looking to expand and a new division could soon be on the horizon. It was just recently that the UFC added a 125-pound flyweight division. The flyweight division headlined this past weekend’s UFC event when Demetrious Johnson defended his title against John Dodson.
Now, the UFC could now be adding an even lighter weight class — 115-pounds. UFC president Dana White recently went on a trip to Mexico to scout talent in the division.
The thinking appears to be that a future season of “The Ultimate Fighter” based in Mexico could be filled with fighters from the search, and then the division ultimately could be introduced to the UFC as a whole.
It would be interesting to see the reception of a lighter weight class being introduced to the UFC, but if the fights were exciting the fans wouldn’t complain. A 115-pound division would also create more opportunities for Latino and Asian fighters. Having more Latino fighters on the UFC roster would help the company’s goal of having the sport take off in Mexico.
“It went very well,” said White. “A lot of guys showed up, it was very successful, and the guys we sent down were very excited with what they saw.”
“The way that Brazil caught on fire and took off – Mexico’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would, but it’s coming. The culture in Mexico, they’re fighters. The greatest fighters in history come from Mexico, and there’s that whole famous Mexican style of fighting – and you see it some of the guys we have here now. It’s getting there slower than I thought it was going to, but when it all comes together, it’s going to be amazing.”
White understands that it could take some convincing to get fans excited about a 115-pound division, but he is prepared to take on the challenge that he has recently faced.
“I think you had some people talking smack here and there (about the flyweights),” White said. “But if you’re a real fight fan, how do you not like Ian (McCall)? How do you not like Joe (Benavidez)? How do you not like (Johnson and Dodson) that were here tonight? When people say s— like that to me, it’s hard for me to respond without being a real a–hole. It’s really hard for me.”
Traditionally, combat sports have featured the heavier weight classes. In boxing, the days of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, George Frazier and all of the big fights were the ones fight fans lined up to see and there is still that mindset among some fans.
Luckily for White, the lighter weight classes have captured the imagination of mixed martial arts fans with the non-stop pace. If he were to introduce the 115-pound division featuring mostly Mexican fighters, there would surely be a frenzy in the cage. And hey, White would finally be able to break in to the Mexican market.
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