What started as a random tweet from Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier has now become a trending topic. Since being brought up, many fighters have asked the UFC to create a 165 lb division that they feel would help the UFC massively.
Fighters like such as Diaz, Poirier, Conor McGregor, Kevin Lee and others have been supporters of this possibility, but in Dana White’s opinion, he believes the division to not be what he in visions, but to be a waste of time for the UFC and himself. He may be right or wrong, but there is a sense of opportunity that comes with the added division.
For example, many fighters tend to miss weight or pull out, which is an issue within the sport. Most divisions like the featherweight and lightweight tend to have this issue more than others. Weight cutting is intense, but it shouldn’t always result in backing out of a scheduled fight. If a fighter can look sharp and comfortable in the octagon, then that’s how it should be.
Imagine all the interesting matchups the 165 lb division could set up. If this comes to fruition, we could live in a world where Brian Ortega vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor vs Georges St-Pierre, and Tony Ferguson vs Max Holloway could come to light.
An added detail would be to make every division starting from the bantamweights, which is set at 135, an go up by increments of 10 pounds per division. Weight cuts would become far easier, and the money fights are suddenly a lot more practical.
Fans pay to see amazing fights, not be let down from a cancellation of fights, and those are all justifications as to why the 165 lb division helps.
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