It’s been a long time coming, but the UFC has finally added another division. With the lighter weight classes consistently stealing the show the company has officially adopted the flyweight division, which has a maximum weight limit of 125 lbs.
The division will make its debut on March 3, when UFC on FX 2 plays host to the start of a four-man tournament to crown the division’s first champion. Former bantamweight title contenders Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will face Yasuhiro Urushitani and Ian McCall respectively.
After post back-to-back wins against Eddie Wineland and Ian Loveland at 135, Benavidez will look to build on that momentum at 125. With only two losses in his career, both decision losses to current bantamweight king Dominick Cruz, the Team Alpha Male stand out will have his hands full with current 123 lb Shooto champion Urushitani. The Japanese veteran is currently riding a five fight win streak and holds notable victories over John Dodson and Mamoru Yamaguchi.
Failing to capture the bantamweight strap in his last bout against Cruz, “Mighty Mouse” will try to bounce back in a new division where he’ll no longer be undersized. Prior to the Cruz loss, Johnson rattled off four straight wins, including victories over Miguel Torres and Norifumi Yamamoto. Like Johnson, McCall tried to find a home at 135 in the WEC but couldn’t overcome the size disparity, losing two of his three bouts in the organization. “Uncle Creepy” has fit in at 125 though, capturing the Tachi Palaca Fights flyweight title and defeating Jussier da Silva, who was the consensus top flyweight in the world at the time.
UFC on FX 2 will take place on March 3 from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event will mark the UFC’s first event in Australia since UFC 127 earlier this year in February.