The flyweight division is synonymous with Demetrious Johnson. When the division was inaugurated, “Mighty Mouse” won the four-man tournament to become the first man to hold the title. He then went on to defend it a record 11 times, becoming the most dominant champion in the history of MMA. Now the division, like Johnson, is on its way out of the UFC.

After losing his title in a controversial split decision to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227, Johnson made more history, becoming part of the first trade between major MMA promotions when the sent him to ONE Championship in exchange for Ben Askren. Johnson’s exit precipitated rumors that the intended to shutter the 125 pound division by 2019 and, in an interview with BJPenn.com, Johnson revealed that he is not at all surprised by the decision.

“I mean they were talking about closing it two years ago,” Johnson said recently. “It’s not the first time they’ve ever brought it up, you know? They were talking about closing when I was a champion, and I was like ‘okay, it is what it is…

“The was planning on getting rid of flyweight division when I was the champion — finishing people, not taking people to decision, people.”

President Dana White has long had a contentious relationship with the flyweight division, partly because the perception that the division couldn’t draw well but also because of his problems with the division’s kingpin. White previously threatened to fold the division as a means of leverage over Johnson, but backed down when that threat proved unsuccessful. Now that Johnson is gone though, it appears the is moving full steam ahead on leaving the flyweight division behind them, and not everyone is happy about the decision. Aside from the numerous flyweights who have spoken out against the move, the biggest star, Conor McGregor, also weighed in, Tweeting that ONE Championship should sign the entire roster of laid off flyweights.

Johnson was thoroughly confused by McGregor’s comment, defending his new boss and arguing that if he is so bothered by the decision, McGregor is one of the few fighters – perhaps the only fighter – who could do anything to stop it.

“I don’t get where this logic comes behind that,” Johnson said. “What makes him think Chatri owes somebody something?”

“If he’s worried flyweights losing their jobs, I’m pretty sure he has a huge stake in the company now,. I’m sure he can go to Dana, and be like Dana, ‘Keep these guys, these guys are fucking amazing. Let’s try to do this right. Let’s try to promote them.’ Facilitate a meeting of those who can [change things], with Proper Whiskey. ‘Let’s sit down and have a good talk.’ I’m sure he could come up with something if he really wanted to do it.”

“As I said, that’s Conor’s opinion of what he thinks should happen. This is a guy who just business, you know, the Barclay’s Center [thing], throwing the dolly in the bus, hurting multiple people. I truly think he doesn’t care. But that’s just my personal opinion.”

Like McGregor though, the flyweight division is no longer Johnson’s concern. Now the former champion is looking to bounce back from his first loss in seven years by storming ONE Championship and taking at least one belt with him.

“I want to be a champion,” Johnson said. “I know it’s not going to be easy. I’m just looking forward to being able to do my best over at ONE Championship and see where we go from there.”


Results. Junior dos Santos stopped Tai Tuivasa with punches at Adelaide.

Results. Kent Kauppinen knocked out Alessio Sakara at Bellator 211.

Results. Kamaru Usman won dominant decision over Rafael dos Anjos at the TUF 28 Finale.

Results. John Salter submitted Chidi Njokuani in the first round at Bellator 210.

Rematch. : Dustin Poirier ‘makes sense’ as ’s next opponent.

Title Shot. on what’s next for Kamaru Usman: ‘I want to see the Woodley fight’.

Fair. : Khabib Nurmagomedov getting suspended more than a year ‘would not be fair’.

$$$$. ’s new PPV split could be worth $65 million a year.


Coutndown.

Well, you’re wrong, Kelvin.

Rizin confessions, with Mayweather and Tenshin.

Fighters who exceeded expectations.

No. No he doesn’t.

Gauntlet thrown.

Even if you don’t care about , this is worth a watch. Insane 12th round from Wilder-Fury.


Severe MMA. Discussing this weekend’s double header and McGregor-Poirier 2.

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to Adelaide.

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to the TUF 28 Finale.


So much for retirement.

Agreed.

Max killing DC.

Mirko is the freaking best.

(For those of you who can’t figure out how to use Google translate)

Looking jacked.

Good spirits.

Hero.

Damn. Best hes.

Moving on up.

Congrats.

Incredible photo for the heads out there.


Paul Daley (40-16-2) vs. Michael Page (13-0); Bellator, Feb. 16.

Emmanuel Sanchez (17-4) vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw (20-10-1, 3 NC); Bellator, March 22.

Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-6) vs. Szymon Kolecki (6-1); KSW 47, March 23.


2008: Miguel Torres stopped Manny Tapia with punches at WEC 37, retaining his bantamweight title.

2011: John Dodson knocked out T.J. Dillashaw to win The Ultimate Fighter season 14 bantamweight tournament.

2016: Demetrious Johnson won a unanimous decision over Tim Elliott, defending his flyweight title at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.


There was an impossible amount of fights this weekend. If you didn’t get to see them all, I hope you checked out all of our coverage. Our team busted their collective asses and I think they produced some of the best content out there, so if you missed anything, go check it out.

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