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Flyweights to Debut with Four Man Tournament, Official Date Set for March 3rd

Announcement comes at roughly the 6:25 mark. Props:

We can end the speculation. After last night’s UFC 140, Dana White announced that flyweight MMA will debut in the UFC on March 3, 2012. The event is going to be broadcast on FX and take place in the land where people ride around in their kangaroos all day, Australia. Details, such as a specific venue and fights possible for the card, have yet to be officially released, though we’re willing to bet it’ll be at Sydney’s Acer Arena (just a wild guess).

The UFC is unveiling their newest roster editions with a bang. A four man flyweight tournament is set to begin on March 3, presumably in order to crown the inaugural flyweight champion, and will feature Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani. Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez should both be fresh in your mind, as they have had successful runs in the UFC at bantamweight yet are better suited for flyweight competition. As for McCall and Urushitani, we’ve got them profiled after the jump.

When we last checked in on Ian McCall, “Uncle Creepy” had just earned a pretty lopsided unanimous decision victory over Dustin Ortiz at Tachi Palace Fights 9. As we predicted, the victory propelled him to a fight against then TPF Flyweight Champion Darrell Montague, which McCall won via third round rear-naked choke. Sherdog has McCall, who is 11-2 overall (including his 1-2 run in the WEC at bantamweight), currently ranked as the top flyweight alive by Sherdog. The signing should be a surprise to absolutely no one.

Meanwhile, Yasuhiro Urushitani is the current Shooto Bantamweight Champion (Bantamweight is 123 lbs in Shooto) and ranked as the #3 flyweight by Sherdog. Urushitani has competed exclusively in Japan, compiling a 19-4-6 record up to this point. He is riding a five fight win streak, with his most recent fight being a second round TKO over Yuki Shojo. His notable victories include Daniel Lima, Mamoru Yamaguchi and TUF 14 Champion John Dodson.

Expect announcements soon regarding UFC bantamweights cutting to flyweight, as well as more additions to the flyweight roster.


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AussieJosh- December 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Im down for that Todd M.
Im also trying to get some guys together off the Rogan Board for some drinks and a chat before Joe does a standup show/ If he does one. Usualy the night before the UFC
Shaky- December 13, 2011 at 2:21 am
Rambaa Somdet please!
Wiccyg- December 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm
ROFLMAO @ BryanF's comment! "Midget tossing" FTW. I agree with Todd M. I'm very excited about this division. I have been really surprised when the media talks about the lack of interest or respect for the bantam and featherweight divisions because I believe the lighter weights have to be more "on their game" than the heavier weights. Can you imagine if a Roy Nelson type build on a smaller frame tried to fight Dominick Cruz? Slaughterhouse.

PS - RIP Miguel Torres' UFC run. ¡Qué injusticia!
Todd M- December 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm
^ I'm interested to say the least, damn excited would be the better word. I am going to this one as I am a kangaroo rider, FBF where you at brother, Aussie Josh and all the other Aussies, get at me if you guys are going down to Sydney, we can do a CP down under report, Maybe XENO can make it down too in between some surfing and diving, GRIN. I'm guessing Alves vs Kampmann is going to be on the card too, can't wait to see who else is coming down. To bad they are not fighting in a one night tournament, that shit would be insane. IMO Benavidez will be the Flyweight champion of the UFC, allthough I should probably try to watch some more of this Creepy Uncle characters fights.
TheCanadian- December 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Anyone else not even remotely interested in the idea of this division?
Lesnarischamp- December 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm
Looks like Florian has a new belt to chase...
Gladheateher- December 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Ariel gets a lock of flack. But this was a great interview.
BryanF- December 11, 2011 at 10:35 am
I hope Big John McCarthy or Rosenthal ref these fights. I wanna see some midget tossing if one of these guys tries to throw a couple of extra shots.
RoJoegan- December 11, 2011 at 10:24 am
One of Ariel and Dana’s better interviews. Ariel is an OCD stalker.
LB_Fargo- December 11, 2011 at 10:12 am
Awesome.. This will make for some action packed flights