With rumours circulating for months that the UFC was looking to dissolve it’s men’s flyweight division, the hearsay has reportedly become a reality.
Both Combate and FloCombat have noted that the UFC have started to release fighters from the 125 lbs weight class while others have been offered the chance to move up to bantamweight.
BREAKING: We're hearing the #UFC men's flyweight division is 100% being dissolved, likely done by the end of 2018.
THE KICKER: Not all flyweights are being asked to move up to bantamweight. They're just getting cut. Unreal.
We'll update you as we receive more info.
— FloCombat (@FloCombat) November 7, 2018
Jose Torres, a former flyweight and bantamweight champion for Titan FC, and Jared Brooks, 2-2 in the UFC, announced their releases from the UFC shortly after reports began to surface.
Im the 1st to be let go. I didnt get to finish my UFC contract with 2 fights left because they are cutting most of my division n not giving some of us a chance to bump up n prove ourselves like myself. So now it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. Good luck small guys! pic.twitter.com/lUMijsRoDm
— Jose Shorty Torres (@ShortyTorres125) November 7, 2018
If you haven’t heard I just got the can from the UFC Along with the Flyweight division also ! And guess what I Don’t give a damn! Going to be one of the best mixed martial artists in… https://t.co/mtDKcv5P7u
— Jarred Brooks (@The_monkeygod) November 8, 2018
While it is expected that the division will be wound up by the end of this year, the 125 lbs division’s demise has long been talked about by UFC president Dana White who threatened to fold the weight class if then champion Demetrious Johnson did not fight TJ Dillashaw.
As for the current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo – and seemingly last – the champion who recently claimed the title from Johnson is now expected to face off against the bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw early next year.