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Old 01-06-2009, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WEC to Expand With Flyweight Division

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2008 came to a close, so did World Extreme Cagefighting's 185- and 205-pound weight divisions. But as one door closes another opens.

MMAWeekly.com sources on Tuesday revealed that the WEC is adding a 125-pound flyweight division. With WEC 38 in San Diego just three weeks away, no 125-pound bouts are expected for that fight card. The promotion's next event, likely in March, is a more apt candidate to host the WEC's new commitment to flyweight fighters.

Following its purchase by Zuffa in late 2006, the WEC has worked to find a niche for its product. Televised on the Versus television network, the promotion quickly found that it did not have enough talent to fill its middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, officially putting both weight classes on hiatus following WEC 37 in December.

WEC and UFC still maintain crossover categories in the lightweight and welterweight classes. Those two divisions, however, have a vast amount of talented fighters to draw from, although the WEC has had a difficult time finding a variety of challengers to Carlos Condit's welterweight championship.

Over the course of 2008, the featherweight and bantamweight divisions became the obvious points of distinction for the WEC. The flyweight category is the natural progression for the WEC to continue growing separate from the UFC.

The 125-pound flyweight division is already a recognized category by most athletic commissions. With its addition to the WEC, that leaves only the super heavyweight class (fighters over 265 pounds) as the only highly recognized weight division not utilized by either the WEC or the UFC.
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This is awesome because I really didnt think they ever would add this division.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great news. I don't know any 125'rs though.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great news. I don't know any 125'rs though.
Yeah, all the ones I know are asian so it will be interesting to see how Zuffa markets this division.
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Absolutely fantastic news!! No one really knew Miguel Torres until he beat Chase Beebe in Albuquerque and now look at him and the BW division. It makes a lot of sense to add this division and since not many promotions have it, hopefully they can get some good fighters.

And if Elite would hurry up and close shop they could absorb the womens division into the WEC and have a show that would rival the UFC (actually most of their cards already do!).
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Cool. Hopefully they can sign M16 after he wins the PFC belt.
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nice! it's a great news for a guy like myself. BRING THE WAR WOO HOO!
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Lol, they're pretty much all asian in this division...maybe they should start promoting a female division as well..
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Wicked. I've never seen 125'ers go at it, the WEC is really becoming it's own. Other than lame contract disputes, Zuffa can pretty much do no wrong right now.
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So this got me interested so I looked online and the only recent Flyweight rankings I could find are as follows:
1. Shinichi Kojima - Shooto
2. Yuki Shoujou - Shooto
3. Mamoru Yamaguchi - Shooto
4. Daniel Otero - Max Fights
5. Jesse Taitano - PacificXC
6. Yasuhiro Urushitani - GCM
7. Rambaa Somdet - PalaceFC
8. Ryuichi Miki - Shooto
9. Junji Ikoma - Shooto
10. Isao Hirose - Pancrase

Looks like as it is with most smaller divisions Shooto has most the top fighters. But we have seen quite a few FW and BW fighters rise through the ranks in the WEC so hopefully they can do the same with Flyweight
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Lol, and Shooto bleeds another division.

They should have perhaps invested this money into a female's division. IMO, there's more marketeable women than 125ers, and we all know Zuffa is about the chedda.
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