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UFC Announcing Flyweight Division 'This Weekend', Says Dana White

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An announcement for the introduction of the UFC's flyweight division could arrive this weekend, according to Dana White.

Demetrious Johnson
Demetrious Johnson

The flyweights are coming.

According to reports from MMA Fighting, UFC President Dana White has targeted a date to formally announce the introduction of the much-rumored 125-pound weight class into the UFC.

"This weekend," White declared. "We should have something by this weekend. But it's happening."

With so many bantamweights already toeing the line between weight classes, finding talent for the new division could be a relatively simple process. Several 135-pounders could conceivably make the leap, including top-5 fighters Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. Likewise, numerous members of "The Ultimate Fighter 14" -- including season champion John Dodson and noted flyweight Louis Gaudinot -- would likely drop down to their traditional weight to populate the roster.

"I have a feeling that 125-pound division is going to be as talented as 155 and 170," White explained. "I've been working on it for months. At 125 pounds you're going to see a lot of Hispanic, a lot of Asian fighters now coming to compete at that weight. Traditionally when you look at boxing, Asians or Hispanics have dominated those weights."

Still, with so many viable options at his disposal, White made it clear that choice to drop down will rest solely with the fighters.

"I'm not moving anybody," White concluded. "Those guys can make that decision themselves."