Xtreme Fighting Championships will be adding the flyweight division to their repertoire for their 2013 schedule. The idea for the flyweight division largely came from the promotion’s work on expanding their bantamweight division. The XFC announced the news yesterday via press release.
One of the initial flyweight fighters will be 2012 open tryout winner Joby Sanchez. Sanchez originally joined the promotion as a bantamweight but asked the promotion to consider the lighter division after his XFC 20 submission victory over Chris Dunn.
XFC President John Prisco excitedly announced the move on Monday, stating:
“The XFC Flyweight Division is going to be opening up with a stable full of 125ers. Going into 2013 with a full schedule, it’s the right time for us to do it. We’ve had countless fighters contact us about fighting for the XFC in the 125lb weight class, many who are not happy with their homes in other promotions because they are not being properly promoted and just as many who are looking to make their XFC debut on national television. With our Bantamweight Division coming into focus in the last couple years, we began to see some great fighters stepping up a weight class to fight for us. Now, with the signing of Joby Sanchez and the interest from other fighters around the world, we’ve got a solid platform to build on.”
Few promotions outside the UFC have pursued the flyweight division outside of Tachi Palace Fights in California. The XFC’s deal with AXStv (formerly HDNet) allows for the division to be put on the nationally televised stage outside of the UFC. The division will debut for the promotion in 2013.