Dana Vows No 165-Pound Division While In Charge
For almost a year both fighters and fans alike have been imploring the UFC to open up a 165-pound weight class, much to the chagrin of UFC President Dana White.
Now, in a new interview with Barstool sports, White made it clear that as long as he is running the UFC, there will be no 165-pound weight class.
“Not in the next seven years, that I promise,” White said (transcript by MMA Mania). “I’m here for seven more years, when I go they can make a 180, 165, 122, whatever they wanna do when I’m gone, they can do. It ain’t happening while I’m here. What’s the appeal in it?”
White claims that if the new division opened up, it would weaken the very deep welterweight and lightweight divisions, and he doesn’t want those divisions to suffer.
“A lot of guys who know they can’t win at either 170 or 155 that would all jump ship,” White explained. “If you look at our 170 and 155 divisions, they’re stacked. You’ve got Usman, Woodley, Covington, Wonderboy, RDA, Masvidal, Askren, Till, Ponzinibbio, Lawler, Edwards. That’s 170. Lightweights at 155, you got Khabib, Conor, Tony, Poirier, Iaquinta, Kevin Lee who’s moving over to welterweight to make it even better, Edson Barboza, Gaethje, Pettis now is over in the welterweight division which makes it even better. Cerrone, Felder, Gillespie, Diaz.”
“You build a 165-pound division, you completely drain both of those divisions,” he continued. “It ain’t happening while I’m here. These divisions are stacked; we’ve got tons of great fights in both divisions.
“We don’t need a 165-pound division.”
Interview Via: Barstool Sports
Transcript Via: MMA Mania