Dana White: UFC will eventually add 115 lbs fighters
This past weekend, at UFC on FOX 6, we saw Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson compete in a lighting quick battle in the UFC's lightest division. Now imagine watching a fight with even faster fighters at an even smaller weight class. If you can't, don't worry, because according to Dana White, the inclusion of a Straweight division (115 lbs) is eventually coming to the UFC.
White stated on UFC Tonight, that the promotion is looking at adding more weight classes:
"As the sport continues to grow and we go into other markets like Latin America and Asia, yes, we will eventually open up a lighter weight division, which is a great thing," White said. "It's an amazing opportunity for fighters all over the world."
As of now, outside of the women's bantamweight division, the flyweights remain the thinnest in the the UFC with only 13 signed fighters. Obviously with the flyweights being a relativity new division in the promotion that number will grow, especially considering how well Johnson and Dodson did in their prime time showing. But with the possible addition of the even lesser known strawweights , one has to wonder if such a division can be a success stateside when most of the divisions fighters compete overseas.
However, the problem with a strawweight division could also be a blessing, considering how much the UFC want to expand globally. Most of the top fighters in the division are from Asia, most notably Japan and Thailand, where perhaps the best 115 fighter, Rambaa Somdet, calls home. And with White stating the UFC has been scouting Latin America for smaller fighters, the promotion could open up an entirely new landscape globally for a UFC fan base and market.
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