UWC announces landmark 125-pound title fight

The Ultimate Warrior Challenge recently announced that John Dodson and Pat Runez would fight for the promotion’s inaugural flyweight title.

The Washington, DC based organization has been one of the most progressive companies when it comes to promoting the flyweight division. The UWC first featured the weight class in Feb. 2009, and on all their shows since.

John Dodson is a veteran of the Tapout reality show, and holds a 8-4 record in MMA. Due to his slight size the Greg Jackson product has often been forced to fight up in weight. This was the case in his UWC as he fought to a decision with current bantamweight champion Mike Easton. Despite controlling the fight with strikes the judges awarded the fight to Easton. Since then Dodson has gone 2-0 with impressive victories over flyweights Jose Villirisco and Jose Lujan.

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Shooto Ready to Promote 115-pound Title

While western MMA fans wait for the WEC to implement the 125-pound division, Japanese sanctioning body Shooto is preparing to crown their first ever 115-pound champion. This weekend at Shooto’s “Gig Saitama 01” Noburo “Shinpei” Tahara defeated Jesse Taitano in a catch weight fight. The fight was designed to find an opponent for Rambaa Somdet. … Read more

5 Title Fights at Palace Fighting Championship’s PFC 12: HIGH STAKES on Jan. 22

Palace Fighting Championship will be back once again at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA on January 22 for PFC 12: HIGH STAKES.

In what must surely be a first in the history of MMA, The PFC will hold five title fights on one card! Starting with their lightest weight class, the PFC will crown a World Flyweight Champion as Thailand’s Rambaa Somdet (6-2) takes on Scottsdale, Arizona’s Pat Runez (5-0).

“We are excited and proud to be the first U.S. based promotion to really establish a 125-pound division and crown a champion,” Palace Fighting Championship President Christian Printup said. “Whether it’s Somdet or Runez, we know that we are going to have one of the top 125-pound fighters in the world representing the PFC as champion.”

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Flyweights will finally get respect they deserve

Shinichi Kojima is #1 Flyweight
For years any fighter who was too small for the welterweight division did not have a place in the UFC. Recently, the UFC reinstated the 155 lbs division and now some of the promotion’s biggest stars are lightweights.

Zuffa, as a whole, has not stopped there. With the purchase of the WEC, bantamweights and featherweights now have a flagship North American promotion that allows them to ply their trade. Thanks to the WEC, names like Urijah Faber or Miguel Torres are well known in MMA circles.

MMA Weekly is reporting that in 2009 the WEC is planning to promote a flyweight 125 lbs division. It seems only fair, since contrary to this report that alleges the WEC will “be hard pressed to find adult male humans who weigh 125lbs” and could only find “horse jockeys” that size, there are many talented smaller fighters out there.

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