New UFC Weight Class? “‘This Is Not a Rumor'”

"This Is Not a Rumor" - Fiziev Confirms

In an unprecedented move that could reshape the competitive landscape of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is reportedly on the verge of introducing a new weight division, bridging the significant gap between lightweight and welterweight. This development comes after years of speculation and demand from both fighters and fans alike, seeking a more nuanced categorization to accommodate athletes caught between the existing classes.

Top-ranked lightweight fighter, Rafael Fiziev, has broken the silence on this matter, transforming whispers of change into a chorus of anticipation. “This is not a rumor,” Fiziev emphatically stated in an interview with Ushatayka, hinting at the near certainty of this new category’s introduction. “As far as I know, it’s guaranteed. I’ve heard it’s already true that they want to launch a new division.”

The proposed adjustment would likely see the welterweight division’s boundary shift from 170 lbs to 175 lbs, standardizing a 10 lbs increment across divisions up to middleweight. This change is expected to be ratified by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), which oversees the naming conventions for weight classes, potentially introducing terms like “super lightweight” (165 lbs) and “super welterweight” (175 lbs).


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The introduction of a super lightweight division promises to enrich the UFC roster, offering a new home to fighters who find themselves too large for the lightweight category yet too small for the current welterweight. Names like Khamzat Chimaev could make a strategic move to super welterweight, while Kevin Lee might find a competitive edge in super lightweight. Moreover, this expansion opens the door for Conor McGregor to pursue a third UFC title, adding another layer of intrigue to the promotion’s narrative.


Rafael Fiziev’s statement on the new division: “This is not a rumor,” Fiziev told Ushatayka. “As far as I know, it’s guaranteed. I’ve heard it’s already true that they want to launch a new division.”

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