The UFC isn’t just trying to grow by plastering their product on as many continents as possible, but the world’s premier mixed martial arts show is also looking to expand internally. During Thursday’s UFC 131 pre-fight press conference, company president Dana White announced they were actively recruiting flyweight fighters and hope to add the division by the end of 2011.
White has previously hinted at bringing in 125-pounders to his organization in the past, but today was the first time he’s admitted to speaking with flyweights about expansion. While he plans to launch the weight class by year’s end, the ambitious promoter admitted it will take time to truly establish the division and crown a king.
“We have to get out there and we have to create the division,” White shared. “We bring the guys in, sign them and start putting on fights. You figure out who the best is, and then you have a title fight.”
Although White has never been a huge fan of the Grand Prix format, he suggested a tournament was a possibility in determining the company’s first flyweight champion. However, don’t hold your breath – unless it’s on “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Most of the world’s top flyweights compete in Japan. At the same time, the UFC’s current roster contains an abundance of athletes that could drop the extra 10 pounds. Bantamweight stars Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (Pictured) and Joseph Benavidez immediately come to mind.