Dana White Says There Won’t Be Extra Weight Classes In The Next Seven Years!
UFC 165-pound division has been a hot topic lately. For example, Nate Diaz’s legendary “superfighter devision” prank tricked many members of MMA community few months ago. But the UFC president Dana White was constantly shutting the talks down, despite Conor McGregor, Kevin Lee, and Ben Askren supported the idea.
Dana White took part in a recent interview with Barstool Sports, where he finally confirmed there wouldn’t be new weight division in the UFC soon! (h/t BloodyElbow)
”Not in the next seven years, that I promise,” he said when asked if it was a future possibility. “I’m here for seven more years, when I go they can make a 180, 165, 122, whatever they wanna do when I’m gone, they can do. It ain’t happening while I’m here. What’s the appeal in it?”
Dana White believes the creation of new weight class might drain UFC Lightweight and Welterweight divisions, and claims it won’t happen while he is the boss.
“A lot of guys who know they can’t win at either 170 or 155 that would all jump ship,” White explained. “If you look at our 170 and 155 divisions, they’re stacked. You’ve got Usman, Woodley, Covington, Wonderboy, RDA, Masvidal, Askren, Till, Ponzinibbio, Lawler, Edwards. That’s 170. Lightweights at 155, you got Khabib, Conor, Tony, Poirier, Iaquinta, Kevin Lee who’s moving over to welterweight to make it even better, Edson Barboza, Gaethje, Pettis now is over in the welterweight division which makes it even better. Cerrone, Felder, Gillespie, Diaz.”
“You build a 165-pound division, you completely drain both of those divisions,” DANA WHITE continued. “It ain’t happening while I’m here. These divisions are stacked; we’ve got tons of great fights in both divisions.
“We don’t need a 165-pound division.”
What are your thoughts on the 165-pound weight class? Do you like the idea or not?