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Report: UFC will dissolve men’s flyweight division, likely by end of 2018

With Demetrious Johnson now with ONE Championship and Henry Cejudo aiming to fight bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, the UFC flyweight division appears to be closing.

UFC 227 Dillashaw v Garbrandt 2 Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

The UFC men’s flyweight division has largely failed to gain traction since it formed in 2012, and now it looks as if the weight class won’t be a part of the promotion’s plans for 2019.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the UFC is going to bring down the curtain on men’s 125. Combate made note of this on Wednesday, while FloCombat adds that we may see some fighters on the flyweight roster just outright released instead of pushed up to bantamweight.

Former Titan FC flyweight and bantamweight champion Jose “Shorty” Torres, who has had both of his UFC appearances at flyweight, has been released.

This is something that’s apparently been discussed by UFC brass dating back to last year, with then-champion Demetrious Johnson claiming that Dana White had threatened to get rid of the entire division if he didn’t accept a bout vs. T.J. Dillashaw.

Johnson in particular has not fared well as a pay-per-view draw, and the UFC has often put ranked flyweights on the preliminary card, sometimes on the Fight Pass portion of the prelims. They’ve long treated the division as an afterthought and essentially as card filler, now the hammer has seemingly dropped.

Flyweight bouts currently slated for the rest of 2018 include Joseph Morales vs. Eric Shelton (UFC Denver), Mark de la Rosa vs. Joby Sanchez (UFC Denver), Alexandre Pantoja vs. Ulka Sasaki (UFC Buenos Aires), Wilson Reis vs. Ben Nguyen (UFC Adelaide), and Kai Kara France vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian (UFC Adelaide).

As for current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo, he’s expected to challenge T.J. Dillashaw for the bantamweight title early next year.