In a recent interview with MMA on Tap, UFC lightweight Din Thomas, discussed a drop down to featherweight (145 lbs.). The TUF 4 veteran made mention of the two consecutive defeats he has suffered recently to Kenny Florian (UFC Fight Night 11) and Josh Neer (UFC Fight Night 13) as a reason for the cut.
From MMA on Tap:
“The UFC’s lightweight division is the most complex division in the world,” Thomas said. “There’s like four different roads to a title shot going on right now and within any of the roads, no one can afford to lose. While I know I can win against any lightweight in the world on a given day, I fell twice in a row. Therefore, I’m going to bow out. Good luck to those guys. I’m going to drop down to 145 lbs and see if those guys down there will embrace me.”
Personally, I think this is a great idea provided he ends up in the WEC and the weight cut doesn’t completely zap him of energy. Thomas’ reach could prove to be quite a headache for the smaller featherweights as it is already a substantial problem for most 155 pounders. Add to that the possibility of a rematch with former UFC lightweight champion, Jens Pulver and I think it makes for a very positive move for Thomas.
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