UFC president Dana White has all but confirmed what has long been expected. MMA’s mastermind intends to transition the WEC’s lightweight division over to the UFC, while possibly adding a 125-pound weight class to the WEC.
“I think eventually what we do is, we’re going to continue to add to lighter weights, and you’ll end up seeing these (WEC) guys go into the UFC, the 155 pounders,” White told USA Today.
The UFC already swallowed up its sister company’s light heavyweight, middleweight and welterweight divisions just two years ago, leaving the WEC with only the lighter weight classes to work with. Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and WEC, wanted to make the separation to prevent an overlapping of talent.
While the talk is exciting, nobody expects any changes to take place until they find a suitable replacement for the 155-pound division, which would most likely be the 125-pound division.
However, neither White nor the WEC are in any particular hurry to start a flyweight division. They want to ensure the weight class would be deep enough to support up to four fights per year for each fighter – without “diluting” the quality of product.