As news of UFC’s flyweight division coming to an end are rife, Conor McGregor shares his unique perspective on the recent development.
There have been aplenty speculations recently that UFC’s flyweight division was coming to a close after operating for a period of six years. Many viewed recent departure of Flyweight’s former champion Demetrious Johnson to ONE Championship and the constant pressure on Henry Cejudo to notch up his division to face off T.J Dillashaw, as the last nail in the coffin.
As of now, Jose Torres and Jarred Brooks have parted ways from the promotion. According to a FloCombat, flyweight artists who are not willing to move up a division would simply be cut from the promotion.
BREAKING: We’re hearing the #UFC men’s flyweight division is 100% being dissolved, likely done by the end of 2018.
THE KICKER: Not all flyweights are being asked to move up to bantamweight. They’re just getting cut. Unreal.
We’ll update you as we receive more info.
— FloCombat (@FloCombat) November 7, 2018
Former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor has passed the blame bucket to ONE Championship’s CEO Chatri Sityodtong. According to the Irishman, Chatri’s ‘greed’ made him pull Demetrious Johnson from UFC’s flyweight division and now he has his eyes set on all artists who would be released once the category comes to a close. McGregor expressed his views on Twitter.
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.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 8, 2018
Nearly a year ago, Johnson said that UFC’s flyweight demise was quite near, as Dana White was threatening to do so. Passing on the blame to ONE Championship for the closure cannot be justified and McGregor’s allegations hold’s little ground.
While ONE Championship may seem like a good suitor, all the soon-to-be-cut artists can also consider RIZIN and Combat Americas as alternatives.
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