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Report: UFC dissolving flyweight division, releasing bulk of 125-pound fighters

MMA: UFC 227-Johnson vs Cejudo Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It was only a matter of time.

After former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson took his talents to ONE Championship, talks of the promotion doing away with the 125-pound weight class started to emerge. And now it seems the domino pieces are starting to fall.

According to Flo Combat, the Endeavor-owned fight promotion will indeed do away with the weight class altogether and will only keep a few select fighters, forcing them to move up to Bantamweight. The rest of the field will be handed their pink slips, such as Jose Torres, who took to social media to announce the news.

Im the 1st to be let go. I didnt get to finish my UFC contract with 2 fights left because they are cutting most of my division n not giving some of us a chance to bump up n prove ourselves like myself. So now it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. Good luck small guys!

First to speak up, first to be let go. It’s a tough business.

With the 125-pound division going up in smoke, it opens up the 135-pound weight class a bit more and allows the promotion to stack up the division and create intriguing matchups, such as the proposed “super fight” between flyweight champ Henry Cejudo and Bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw.

Though it’s safe to say the “super fight” tag will no longer be applicable.

Expect more fighters to announce their respective departures from the promotion in the coming days, so keep it tuned to for more on this developing news.

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