UFC Flyweight Division’s Future Still Uncertain
There are no current plans to dissolve the flyweight division but the division’s future is “murky,” according to UFC President Dana White.
The UFC Flyweight Title will be on the line in the main event of January’s UFC 233, where UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will move down to 125 to challenge flyweight champion Henry Cejudo. In a recent interview, Dillashaw — who will look to become the third fighter in UFC history to hold two UFC titles simultaneously — stated he has been paid to kill the flyweight division.
White, in part, blames the uncertain future on the division never connecting with the fans, despite the longtime reign of well-praised fighter Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who was recently traded to ONE Championship.
“Obviously we still have fights going on – Cejudo is going to fight Dillashaw, and we’ll just see how this thing plays out,” White said. “That division is a division that I battled for a very long time, and defended, and said, ‘Are you people crazy? How do you not like these fights? How do you not like the champ?’ But it never really stuck. It never really became a popular division — even with such a dominant champion. Even with an incredibly dominant champion, it didn’t do it.”
They never pulled ratings – they never pulled pay-per-views. It wasn’t what it should’ve been, in my opinion. I don’t know [why people didn’t take to it]. To say that people who are true fight fans aren’t fans of the smaller guys – Demetrious Johnson, he would literally go out and make himself finish people. The guy was talented and everything else, but it just never stuck.
Original Story: MMAJunkie