Marshall Zelaznik: There's no intention to split weight classes in the UFCPosted on November 29, 2010, 08:23 AM by Anton Gurevich
Ultimate Fighting Championship UK chief Marshall Zelaznik shared his thoughts about the possibility of splitting weight classes in the promotion. With the addition of WEC fighters to the roster, UFC currently have 7 weight classes, titles of which will be defended during 2011. According to Zelaznik, adding Super Middleweight (195 pounds) and Super Heavyweight (245+) classes is not an option:
"I don't see it happening and I think Dana has his eye on the prize for why that would be a bad thing. When you add these lower weight belts, you're not running the risk of the boxing terrain, because you're not splitting weight classes to create new ones.
We're just adding a few on the bottom. It would be a bigger concern if we had created a 195 weight class or something.
What these new divisions do is give a platform to some of the most exciting lighter weight fighters in the world. It will bolster our fight cards. You look at some of these smaller fighters, Manny Gamburyan for instance, who was fighting in the UFC before he moved to the WEC. He moved to 145 from 155, but he could possibly even go lighter. All of the fighters will look at that." - ESPN.co.uk
UFC promoted a total of 24 events (including the upcoming UFC 124) during 2010 and 20 during 2009. Promotion's president Dana White recently stated that he's gunning for more than 30 events in 2011, starting with UFC 125: Resolution on January 1st. Speaking about White, here's what he had to say about the changes in competition for bonuses with former WEC fighters around (MMAWeekly.com):
"Good, I hope they take every one of the f------ bonuses. I'm hoping these lighter guys are going to come in and set the bar. The bigger guys are going to be like s---, there's another featherweight on the card, we're screwed."
Next Ultimate Fighting Championship event will feature a Welterweight Title collision between Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck, which will headline UFC 124 in Montreal, Canada. It will be UFC's seventh International event this year, after visiting Germany, Australia, UAE and England.