Dana: Flyweight Division is Staying
During the UFC 238 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White confirmed the men’s flyweight division will remain intact following Henry Cejudo’s bantamweight title win.
For months, rumors circulated that the men’s 125-pound division would be coming to an end. The rumors had increased since Cejudo upset longtime inaugural champion Demetrious Johnson for the title at UFC 227 and Johnson was traded to ONE Championship in exchange for Ben Askren. Fuel was also added to this fire in recent months with the release of several flyweight fighters.
Cejudo, meanwhile, continued to make history at UFC 238 on June 8, defeating Marlon Moraes to win the UFC Bantamweight Championship. This made Cejudo the seventh fighter in UFC history to win championships in two different weight classes, and the fourth to hold two divisions’ titles at the same time.
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Cejudo has one successful defense of the flyweight title, knocking off then-bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw in 32 seconds at UFC Brooklyn in January.
There was fear a Cejudo win would result in him just keeping the 135-pound title, leaving the flyweight division to dissolve. But, at least for now, flyweight will stay and White believes Cejudo can defend both championships.
Obviously, him winning had a lot to do with the division. Did I say it’s going away? Did I say it’s leaving? I haven’t even talked about that division in months. Yes, it is confirmed [the division stays].
“I’m blown away,” White said. “This guy has heard it all, from ‘Oh, you didn’t really beat Demetrious. It was a fluke when you knocked out T.J.’ You can’t deny the guy anymore. He’s awesome.
Cejudo, however, called out no flyweights in his post-fight interview, instead opting to call out bantamweight fighters Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt and Urijah Faber, and he even teased moving up to featherweight to take that championship as well.
White, however, wants to just focus on him at 125 and 135.
“We’ll sit down with him and figure out what he’s talking about (for who he wants to fight next) and what we’ll do,” White said.