Cagepotato.com is reporting that Dana White has pushed back adding the 125 weight division class to the UFC from late in 2011 and chosen instead to start up the pint size division at the beginning of next year.
Any number of reasons could factors for the date being pushed backwards. White and Co. might still be trying to pillage talent from other promotions such as Taichi Palace, known for being the home to several top flyweight’s from Brazil and America.
There’s also Japan to consider, a topic White has been free to talk about as of late. Several top ten flyweights com from the land of the rising sun and still fight there today, fighters such as Sherdog number one ranked Yasuhiro Urushitani, Mamoru Yamaguchi, Yuki Shojo, and Kiyotaka Shimazu. Zuffa may still be in talks with any number of these fighters.
There is also the consideration of the featherweight and bantamweight divisions brought into the UFC’s fold not even a year ago. The world’s pound for pound number one promotion might be tapping the breaks in order for the 135 and 145-ers to get the attention of the more casual fan base.
With the 125 class going to be added in a matter of months the Zuffa monopoly will have nearly complete domination of the sport and one has to wonder how long other shows like Bellator, MFC, Dream, and BAMMA will be able to hang around with a shark gobbling up all the competition.