There was an article posted on the Canadian section of Yahoo! sports on Saturday about UFC president, Dana White. White provided nuggets of information about a variety of different topics.
The part I found the most interesting was when White was asked about if there were plans for the UFC to install a featherweight division (145 lbs.).
White says the UFC has no plans to introduce a 145-pound weight class. “That’s why we bought the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting).”
In fact, he said they are going to take steps to make the two circuits more distinct.
“We’re going to make the WEC the smaller weights and the UFC will be the heavier weights. We’ll probably take some of the guys in the higher weights, the champions over there and bring them into UFC. We’re still trying to figure that out.”
WEC features 135-(bantamweight) and 145-pound (featherweight) weight classes as well as 155, 170, 185 and 205. The UFC has 155, 170, 185, 205 and heavyweight.
Make of that what you will, but I’ve always thought it was pointless for the WEC to have a 205 lbs. weight class and from what I gather from White’s comments it seems like they are about to eradicate that weight class. I don’t know if that applies to middleweight as well but currently the WEC’s middleweight division really only features Paulo Filho, Chael Sonnen and to a lesser extent, Bryan Baker.
White also covered a number of topics which were lumped in at the bottom of the article. The information is fairly cluttered so I’ll try and lay it out in easy to read dot points.
- The UFC is still in negotiations with former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski
- White says former light-heavyweight title challenger, Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral will be welcomed back to the UFC provided he gets a few “quality wins under his belt”.
- White dismissed the idea of a women’s division, saying their aren’t enough elite female fighters out there.
- White said he’d love to see a fight between Urijah Faber and Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto, but the Japanese fighters comes with a big price tag.
- White said he blocked UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva from meeting boxer Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match because Silva is not a boxer. “I’ll put him against Anderson Silva if he wants to fight MMA. Anderson Silva is not a boxer. Boxing is not what we do.”
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