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Midnight Mania! Dustin Poirier calls for an additional weight class between Light- and Welterweight

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Dustin Poirier is no stranger to changing weight classes. After all, the best success of his career came after moving from Featherweight up to 155 lbs., where he captured an interim title last year. After unsuccessfully attempting to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov back in September, Poirier has chased big name foes like Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, but those bouts failed to materialize.

Instead, Poirier opted for surgery and should be looking to schedule his return in the next couple months based on his original timetable. On Twitter, Poirier once again called for the creation of a 165-pound weight class, stating he’d much prefer a new division rather than continuing cutting to Lightweight.

There’s a good deal of logic behind changing the Welterweight division into two separate divisions at 165-pounds and 175-pounds. A great deal of the roster — including many of the sport’s most talented fighters — compete at Welterweight and Lightweight, so there is enough athletes to build an additional division.

Perhaps more importantly to UFC, there’s plenty of potential for big name fights at 165 pounds. That’s a division Conor McGregor would like fit into well, especially if he were awarded a title shot upon its inception. There’s definitely money to be made, but it remains to be seen if UFC will upset the status quo.

Insomnia

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Just Heavyweight things.

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That was clever

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

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@espn @espnmma knockout of the night let’s gooooo!!!!

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Random Land

Kangaroo fight!

Midnight Music: At dinner tonight, the restaurant was playing a lot of indie music, and I was a bit stunned to hear Kadhja Bonet over the speakers. She’s not particularly well-known even in the states, but her unique brand of psychedelic soul is really cool.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.