UFC’s Flyweight Division is Sticking Around, Dana White Says

So the flyweight division isn’t evaporating after all.

UFC honcho Dana White has confirmed after UFC 238 that his promotion’s remaining 125lb-ers will continue to have a home, capping off months of uncertainty and a few surprising cuts to the fight roster.

The news came after Henry Cejudo’s bantamweight TKO of Marlon Moraes, elevating the reigning flyweight champ to a two division title holder.

“Obviously [Henry] winning had a lot to do with the division,” White told reporters during the post-show press conference. “I haven’t even talked about that division in months. Yes, it is confirmed, it’s sticking around.”

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The flyweight division’s uncertainty hit a fever pitch in 2018, after longtime undefeated champ Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson lost his position to Cejudo in August. An underwhelming performer ratings-wise, the split decision match sparked conversations about the future of the smaller brawler weight class online and in interviews. A handful of weeks later, before talks for a rematch against Cejudo could go anywhere, Johnson was traded to ONE FC in exchange for welterweight Ben Askren.

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Flyweight will have its next showing in just a few weeks on June 29, when Joseph Benavidez goes up against Jussier Formiga.

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Kimberly Kaye
Kimberly Kaye is a purple belt under NOLA MMA's Professor Matthias Meister, Mestre Valencio Cocada, and Ray Lopez. When she's not being choked or kicked by large Louisianians, she's an integrative wellness coach working primarily with fighters and autoimmune disease patients. In her free time she rehabilitates of deaf bully breed dogs no one else wants. Kimberly coexists with the rare diseases CIPO and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, and is an advocate for disabled individuals in the martial arts community and world at large.
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