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UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
11-09-2018, 11:08 AM
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UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s departure from the promotion was essentially the final nail in the coffin of the division he reigned over since its inception in 2011.

The recent cuts of flyweight fighters Jose Torres and Jarred Brooks would only confirm the division was on its last legs.

But in surprising move, former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor took aim at ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong over the dismantling of the UFC’s 125-pound division and implored him to sign the fighters looking for a new promotion.


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You must now take all the 125lbers that have been let go, Chatri.
You talk all of this Martial Art and respect talk, yet your greed has directly cost more than half a fighting division it’s chance to earn income for their family.
Have respect @YODCHATRI.
Sign the division.
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11-09-2018, 11:13 AM
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RE: UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
The pendulum is swinging east again. The last time another promotion was able to snatch a UFC champion was when PRIDE was still the top dog.
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11-09-2018, 11:17 AM
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RE: UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
looks Might Mouse wasn't "snatched" but traded for a guy the UFC snubbed for many years.


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On October 27, 2018, Johnson was traded to ONE Championship for former ONE Welterweight Champion Ben Askren. Johnson is expected to make his promotional debut in the first quarter of 2019.[70][71]"
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11-09-2018, 11:20 AM
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RE: UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
yep. and also Floyd flirted with the idea of fighting in Japan in Rizin

seems like momentum is shifting eastward.

problem is, Japan has no fighters over 155 lbs that are notable these days
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11-09-2018, 11:31 AM
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RE: UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
but this division is not attractive imo

i think 135 is the cutoff, lower than that that they look too much like MINIMEs

with modern weight cutting, I actually think 145 is the most optimized weight division atm

I was excited for CHOI DOO HO, but he has flopped
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11-09-2018, 12:19 PM
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RE: UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
(11-09-2018 11:20 AM)pug-thug Wrote:  yep. and also Floyd flirted with the idea of fighting in Japan in Rizin

seems like momentum is shifting eastward.

problem is, Japan has no fighters over 155 lbs that are notable these days

there's always the retired Olympic Judo medalist. Although they don't seem to adapt as well as pro wrestlers for some reason.

but the sport needs to be re-built anyway. Even if Rizin was able to sign all of the current UFC fighters over 155, how many possible intriguing match ups can be made with the talent that is left in each weight class? not too many. We have to start over like it's 1997.
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11-09-2018, 03:45 PM
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RE: UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
I doubt the handing over of the midgets to Japan means anything more than throwing them a crumb. They just don't draw. Anywhere. What forces were at play that forced the Japanese yakuza to just hand the keys to the global mma industry to the Las Vegas mafia for pennies on the dollar are still in place I'm afraid. Look for the sport to continue to flounder in the mire for some time to come.
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11-09-2018, 03:54 PM
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RE: UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
Let's make a deal Smile


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11-10-2018, 07:09 AM
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RE: UFC flyweight div scrapped; Conor blames ONE FC
Current MMA tells you something about medieval warfare, IMO.

Of course they were using weapons, but still. What I mean is, Japan and Thailand can produce some real talented fighters, guys with great fighting spirit, but many of them will be >155lbs.

Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, will produce way more heavyweights, and Africa will produce some of the biggest of them all.

Now for a lot of things you need not just explosiveness though, you also need endurance (and possibly smarts?) and that was probably where Africa was behind. Too hot for armor, as well.

So when Spanish invaded somewhere like Philippines, they would have got swarmed, but with a local alliance or two they were able to win, with the use of horses, dogs, swords and artillery. Same thing in Mexico. And then the local ladies just swooned Big Grin
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