Joseph Benavidez is really excited the UFC is adding a flyweight division and he is in a tournament to crown the very first champion.
Good news for all you aspiring mixed martial artists who run around at 125-pounds.
The UFC is finally bringing flyweights into the fold, as Octagon king Dana White today announced that a four-man tournament will be held on March 3, 2012, to crown the very first champion.
The two fights include a couple fighters already on the roster. Demetrious Johnson will drop down from bantamweight to take on Ian McCall, a man widely regarded as the top flyweight in the world, while Joseph Benavidez will cut 10 more pounds to fight Yasuhiro Urushitani.
The winners of those two bouts will face off at a later date with the freshly minted UFC 125-pound championship on the line.
Benavidez makes the drop due largely to the fact that A) he's incredibly small and 125-pounds will be a much better fit for him and B) he lost twice to the current bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz.
He's drawing a tough test with Urushitani, who is the current Shooto 123-pound champion and riding a five-fight win streak on his way to the UFC.
Like Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson was also run out of the 135-pound division by Dominick Cruz, having just failed in his bid to capture the division crown this past October. He's also far better suited to the new flyweight division, a theme that will become more common in the coming months.
He'll get perhaps the toughest test of them all, as Ian McCall, the 27-year-old Tachi Palace flyweight champion, will welcome "Mighty Mouse" his new digs.
One thing is for certain, Maniacs. March 3, 2012, is going to be one hell of a night.
No indication was given as to the what and the where for the unnamed event that night but we'll be sure to pass it along just as soon as it becomes available.