So, currently, there are Eight male UFC Weight Classes and Four female UFC Weight Classes. The male classes are 125, 135, 145, 155, 170, 185, 205 and 265 (All in pounds). Now, you see that the classes start with 10-pound differences within the lightest four circuits, then the separation moves to 15 pounds in between the next two gaps. In my opinion, the 170-pound division is the most stacked in the UFC, and with the 15-pound gap on each side, it would make sense to split 170 into two divisions at 165 and 175 pounds, and fighters who are too small for Welterweight but can’t cut to Lightweight will have a home (Donald Cerrone, Rafael dos Anjos) and Fighters who kill themselves to cut weight to 170 pounds will have a healthier option available to them (Darren Till, Tyron Woodley). Overall, I believe that there should be 10 Male Weight classes (125, 135, 145, 155, 165, 175, 185, 195, 205, 265) and Four Female Weight classes (115, 125, 135, 145), but let’s fight one battle at a time and take a closer look at momentum going into splitting the Welterweight division into two.
The UFC has used a tactic in the past of announcing fights between fighters who have not yet signed the fight contract in an effort to make them think that they’d be letting the fans down if they don’t take the fight. It has happened most recently with Yair Rodriguez Vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228 and Yoel Romero Vs. Paulo Costa at UFC 230. Now, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier had a chance to give the UFC a slice of their own medicine as they concurrently stated on twitter that they would be competing for the inaugural 165-pound UFC title. Dana White quickly shot down those rumors, but as we fight fans know, half of the things that come out of Dana White’s mouth are false statements.
First off, when this matchup was made, we knew what the UFC Brass was trying to do. Regardless of the outcome of Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs. Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz will get the next McGregor fight if he beats Dustin Poirier, which is what Nate really wants.
If Dustin Vs. Nate is contested at 155 pounds, worst case scenario money wise is Khabib beating Conor and Nate losing to Poirier, which is currently the most likely scenario from a betting standpoint. Now, if the fight is contested at 165 pounds, there is potential for a Conor McGregor Vs. GSP super fight down the line, especially if Nate Diaz wins the inaugural belt. A matchup that takes place between any of GSP, Nate and Conor will mean money for the UFC from a PPV Standpoint, they are all top stars of the business and we as fight fans know that greatness means nothing to Dana White and the UFC higher ups and that cash does.
Dustin Poirier recently tweeted a 🙂 emoji, meaning hopefully that the 165-pound title will be on the line in NYC, and if the UFC is smart, they will book this for the 165-pound title, and move the Welterweight limit up to 175 pounds.