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UFC to Make All Main Events Five Rounds, Plans to Add Flyweights

Demetrious JohnsonFrom now on if you’re booked for a main event in the UFC, be prepared to fight for twenty-five minutes, even if a title is not on the line.

UFC President Dana White announced today that all main event fights following UFC 133 will be scheduled for five rounds, whether the fight is for a championship or not.  The change had been talked about for quite some time, but existing bout agreements prevented it from taking place sooner.

The flyweight (125-pound) division, a staple in Japan and in regional promotions like the Tachi Palace Fights, could be seen in the Octagon very soon

White confirmed progress on the formation of the flyweight class, which could happen by the end of the year.  The organization opened its doors to both the featherweight and bantamweight classes this year, which led to speculation that the flyweights would soon follow.  The organization is actively pursuing fighters for the new class – it should be noted that bantamweight standouts Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson have both publicly expressed their desire to compete at 125.

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