As the UFC continues to build and promote its flyweight division, Dana White has announced that at some point, a flyweight tilt will headline a pay-per-view event. The revelation comes just a couple weeks before a bout between flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Moraga will be the feature attraction at UFC on FOX 8.
White was asked during a media call Tuesday–to promote the July 27th card–if fans can expect to see flyweights headline a PPV card, and the UFC President stated (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“[Johnson] has been on a lot of big cards. He’s going to fight on FOX again, and we’re in the building phase of that division. So the answer is yes.”
Of course, to fans that love the fast paced and seemingly endless action flyweights bring into the cage, this comes as welcome news. For MMA purists, the confirmation also makes sense, as it stands to reason that significant, all-start bouts are on the horizon at 125, particularly as fans become more familiar with the athletes.
And as far as the criticism from some that the flyweight division doesn’t offer enough knockouts? White noted:
“Benson Henderson has had fights that have gone to decisions,” he said. “Demetrious has gone to decisions. As long as it’s an exciting fight, there’s all different styles of fighters. Some guys go in there to knock people out, some guys pull off submissions, and some guys go to decisions but have exciting fights.”
Agreed, and besides, heavier divisions that feature more brutal finishes also typically showcase more competitors who are gasping for air seven minutes in.
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