Sports FAQ
Home / Mixed Martial Arts

Flyweights to be in the UFC in early 2012

Best80smovieRAD2011-10-07 19:20:53 +0000 #1

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The flyweights are coming. Demetrious Johnson, though, isn't quite ready to join the pack.

Johnson failed in his attempt to take UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz's title in the main event of Saturday's UFC on Versus 6 event at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center.

But if you think the loss is going to prompt the UFC's shortest fighter to drop a weight class, think again.

Johnson (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) matched the usual speed and swift footwork of Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC). But with the champ's takedowns and controlling top game, Johnson just couldn't muster any sustained attacks, and he won a single round on just one judge's card.

Soon after the Versus-televised event, which helped give the UFC's lighter weight classes some needed exposure, UFC president Dana White confirmed the organization is going even lighter. As long expected, the UFC will, in fact, implement a 125-pound flyweight division to join the 135-pound bantamweight and 145-pound featherweight divisions that were added earlier this year.

And though the 5-foot-3 Johnson would be an immediate contender at 125 pounds, he's not ready to give up on bantamweight.

"I'm focused more at 135," Johnson said. "I know I lost, but I'm happy where I'm at, and I still think I can be champion at 135. I'm going to go home and fix a lot of things and keep climbing back to the top of that mountain."

One comment, though, would seem to justify a move down to 125 pounds for Johnson. After the fight, he mentioned how Cruz, who is one of the division's bigger 135-pounders, controlled him.

"I was really surprised how strong he was, honestly," Johnson said. "He used a lot of leverage to hold me down. I was trying to get back to my feet, back to the striking department. ... He was just strong.

"He showed why he's the champ. I don't see him losing for a long time."

Regardless, White said the flyweight division should be added by early next year. And though White and UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby will comb the world for top-level talent, he said some of it may already be under contract, either as existing bantamweights or contestants on the current 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."

"We're going to go out and start [signing] guys and bringing in guys we want to sign, and we'll kick that that thing off," White said. "I don't exactly how we're going to do it yet, but we're going to do it, and we're going to do it soon.

"You'll see guys from from 135 (come down) to 125. Lots of guys will drop. There are lots of guys on 'TUF' who can drop to 125."

White's renewed interest in the flyweight division no doubt was aided by Saturday's event. While the headliner received mixed reviews from fans, White found it thoroughly engaging.

"I thought it was a very good, very technical, fast-paced fight," he said. "People are going to talk [expletive]. People are going to boo. It happens. It is what it is. I thought it was a great fight, and you all I know I'll be the first guy to come and say when a fight isn't great.

"Both guys showed a lot of heart. Tons of technique tonight. I loved it. I've got no beef with the main event."

Guilty2011-10-07 19:33:26 +0000 #2
Gotta be honest, the lighter weights bore the hell out of me. Wish they'd leave the flyweights out of this. If I wanted to see people that size fight I'd go to the park when the Jr high lets out.



Other posts in this category