It looks like UFC will make some drastic changes to its fighting roster over the next few weeks. The company reportedly wants to dissolve the men’s flyweight division, and some fighters have already been released.
Rumors emerged that the division could be completely dissolved by the end of 2018. Those rumors appeared to have some truth to them after a number of flyweight fighters revealed they had been cut by UFC.
Jose Torres was the first fighter to announce he was gone.
Im the 1st to be let go. I didnt get to finish my UFC contract with 2 fights left because they are cutting most of my division n not giving some of us a chance to bump up n prove ourselves like myself. So now it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. Good luck small guys! pic.twitter.com/lUMijsRoDm
— Jose Shorty Torres (@ShortyTorres125) November 7, 2018
Not all fighters have been released, according to ESPN Ariel Helwani. That’s due to the way UFC contracts are structured.
If you’re coming off a loss at 125, it doesn’t look great. However, legally, if you’re coming off a win and have fights left on your contract UFC can’t release you. That’s why you’ll see some go up to 135 rather than leave (unless they really want to, I suppose).
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 7, 2018
UFC introduced the flyweight division in 2011. The division is comprised of fighters who weight 125 pounds or less.
The writing may have been on the wall for the division for a while now. In 2017, Demetrious Johnson said Dana White threatened to get rid of the flyweight division if Johnson didn’t take a fight against T.J. Dillashaw. Flyweight fights started disappearing from UFC main cards in 2018.
There are still a couple flyweight bouts scheduled for 2018. It’s unclear whether those fights will go on as planned following Wednesday’s purge.
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