Thursday, October 28, 2010

With WEC Merger, UFC Plans to Add Flyweight Division

It has been well over a year now since the WEC announced the installment of a flyweight division to its fight cards. Over a dozen WEC events later, and we are still awaiting a flyweight debut with the promotion. UFC-WEC merger plans will probably put any WEC flyweight action to a halt, but it is possible we could see the bottom weight of Unified MMA Rules take center cage in the UFC Octagon. In his "big announcement," UFC-WEC merger interview with Ariel Helwani, Dana White confirmed that the flyweight division is "going to happen" in the UFC. We are all familiar with the big names of WEC's lightweight, bantamweight, and featherweight divisions, but the addition of a flyweight division could bring in new names to the fold. So, who could we possibly see in a UFC flyweight division? I have compiled a list of names using FightMatrix.com. Most of the top 125 pounders are Japanese fighters fighting out of the Shooto and Pancrase promotions. However, there are a great deal of free agent and semi-pro 125 lb. fighters out there for the UFC to consider:
  • Alexis Vila (8-0), Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Mamoru Yamaguchi (25-5-3), Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • John Dodson (9-5), Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Louis Gaudinot(5-1), New Jersey- current Ring of Combat 125 lb. champion.
  • Abel Cullum (10-4), Tucumcari, New Mexico- former KOTC 125 lb. champion.
  • Josh Rave (19-7), Omaha,Nebraska
  • 2-Nick Cottone (9-2-1), Pine Hill, New Jersey

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