When the WEC merged with the UFC, Dana hinted at the addition of a possible 125 pound division, the Flyweight Division. In 2011 it became official, with the UFC announcing a 4 man tournament to determine the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion, a tournament that will be completed this Saturday at UFC 152. Joseph Benavidez will face Demetrius "Mighty Mouse" Johnson for the Flyweight title. It will serve as the co-main event. But what happens after?
Recently I went to UFC.com and looked at their Flyweight roster. According to the site, the UFC employs 14 flyweights. In their defense, the division is brand new. However, this is the UFC. Shouldn't the 125 division be deeper? Where do we go after 152?
So I looked up the cards for UFC 153, UFC 154, UFC on FX 5, UFC on Fuel: Struve vs Stipe, UFC on Fuel: Franklin vs Cung Le, and UFC on FOX 5. Six UFC cards. And what did I find? On those six cards combined, the UFC only has two Flyweight fights scheduled...Just two. TUF winner John Dodson will face Jussier da Silva at UFC on FX 5 and Yasuhiro Urushitani will face John Lineker at UFC on Fuel 6.
I'm sure both fights will be good, competitive fights, but this seems like a very poor effort on the UFC's part to keep the division moving. I'm sure there will be more signings and more bookings for this division, but right now the UFC, in my opinion, isn't doing everything they can to make this division as good as it can be right now. Just two fights for the next six shows? I know, I know, it's going to take some time for this division to fully get established. But in order to get the division established, you need to sign fighters. More than 14. And you need to book fights. More than 2.
The UFC is making history this weekend by crowning the first ever UFC Flyweight Championship. But then what?