UFC willing to add new ABC weight classes ‘when the time is right’ – MMAmania.com

Posted: August 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

The Association of Boxing Commissions recently added four new official weight classes at 165, 175, 195, and 225 in the hopes that it will curb dangerous weight cutting practices currently rife in the UFC. And despite a simple 'Nope' answer from Dana White as to whether the UFC planned on implementing them, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky gave a more detailed answer that points to the promotion eventually adopting more divisions.

UFC supports the offering of additional weight classes as initially outlined in CSAC's '10-point plan' and now adopted by the ABC, a statement provided to MMA Junkie read. UFC recently unveiled the implementation of two new female weight classes at 125 and 145 pounds, respectively, as the global brand now offers competition at four 10-pound increment weight classes. By adding these additional divisions, UFC believes it is providing more weight-specific options for UFC athletes to promote safer weight management goals."

UFC also anticipates that regional talent, who are regularly scouted and imported to UFCs roster, will soon be robust enough to support these additional weight classes with world-class talent that will eventually be promoted by the global brand.

With talent already spread out across 12 weight classes in the UFC, there are some questions as to the need for more divisions. But there are some fighters stuck right in the middle of the UFC's weight divisions, which jump 15 pounds between welterweight and middleweight, and 20 pounds between middleweight and light heavyweight. We're sure Brock Lesnar will also bemoan the lack of a super-heavyweight division for jacked white boys above 265 pounds.

Dana White's decision will likely guide the company going forward for the next few years, but then again White also gave a similar negative answer to a women's flyweight division, yet here we are months later and the division is about to crown its first champion through The Ultimate Fighter. These days, anything is possible.

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