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Five round main events set for all future UFC cards, flyweight division coming

In a move likely to deliver more definitive finishes and a greater aura of importance, the UFC has decided to change course and will now book all future headliners as five round fights rather than three as has been the case in the past. However, any main event match-ups currently signed will still take place under the old structure.

Dana White revealed the organization’s decision earlier today during a press conference with media where it was also made clear the type of card – PPV, Fight Night, TUF Finale, etc. – won’t make a difference in regards to the move towards twenty-five minute main events.

In another landscape-altering announcement, the UFC President shed light on the company’s intention to create a flyweight division (125 pounds) with the expectation it will be in place by year’s end while stating a number of fighters have already been eyed for bringing aboard. It’s also likely current bantamweights on the roster, such as 135-pound standout Demetrious Johnson, will look to drop down as was the case when WEC‘s lighter divisions were folded into the UFC.

6 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    Awesome moves.

  • MCM says:

    I was gonna comment about how this is really a bad idea cause with an extra 10min on each main card, there will be less time to show the exciting under card fights. But as I was typing I realized that the UFC has been showing all the undercard fights for free on various media outlets. So as long as they keep a 5 fight main card, this just means more fighting for the same price. yay.

  • locoRover says:

    Umm… UFC Flyweight Grand Prix has a nice ring to it.

  • Dufresne says:

    As fast as those guys are, they better beef up their slomo capabilities. I love watching those little buzzsaws go at it.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    didnt that rule get passed a couple years ago that non title main events were allowed to go for 5 rounds.
    about time they started using it. makes sense for contendor fights or big name match ups.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Five round fights make sense for several reasons. Fighters have enough cardio these days that most can fight competitively for five rounds. Because of better conditioning, three round fights are more likely to result in decisions, some of which are controversial. I think there will be more finishes and fewer controversial decisions with five rounds. Five round fights also relieve pressure on Joe Silva. He won’t have to set as many fights, so it should be easier to get and keep a card. Maybe that means more UFC’s, too.

    Flyweights? Long overdue. Bring on the killer smurfs!

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