World Extreme Cagefighting will feature a 125-pound flyweight division beginning in March according to MMA Weekly, joining existing bantamweight (135), featherweight (145), lightweight (155), and welterweight (170) classes.
The WEC shifted it’s heavier middleweight (185) and light heavyweight (205) divisions to it’s sister promotion, the UFC, in late-2008 to differentiate itself by focusing on lighter weight classes.
Though it is already recognized by most athletic comissions, the flyweight division has drawn little attention thus far and features few, if any, known fighters. The WEC’s national Versus broadcast will bring unparallelled attention to the neglected division and is likely to generate a wave of fighters at 125-pounds, including both new fighters as well as bantamweights who are able to make the cut down to 125.
No signings have yet been confirmed for the new weight class, though some are likely to be revealed in the coming weeks as the WEC finalizes the lineup for it’s March 11th event, which is tentatively set to take place in Florida and feature WEC featherweigh champion Mike Brown against Leonard Garcia.