Zuffa’s intense schedule may have you experiencing MMA overload, but it’s no time to take a break now, as this weekend offers a double-dose of our favorite combat sport. In addition to the highly-publicized Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey fight card, UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann goes down in Sydney.
Though there are no belts on the line at UFC on FX 2, the promotion will be holding fights in the flyweight (125lbs) division for the first time ever. To kick off the new weight class, the UFC is holding a four-man tournament that will eventually decide the heir to the vacant flyweight title: Demetrious Johnson will take on Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez will face Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX 2, with the winners to fight for the belt.
UFC president Dana White reveals his excitement for the institution of the flyweight division and for the tourney that will get things started at 125.
“We didn’t even have a lightweight class when we bought this company, and we’ve now added lightweight (155lbs), featherweight (145lbs), bantamweight (135lbs) and finally the flyweight (125lbs) division,” says White. “These are traditional weight classes, no ‘junior middleweight’ or anything like that.
“It’s a testament to how big the sport has become that we can now do this flyweight division. A lot of people have been waiting for this weight class to arrive — here it is, and we are very excited. These two fights are going to set the tone for this division and show everyone what the UFC 125lbs. division is all about.”
UFC on FX 2 goes down on Friday night from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.