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