White Announces Flyweights Coming to UFC, Calls Evans’ Comments “Stupid”

Rashad Evans. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's a great day for lighterweight fighters but a day of reflection for former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

UFC President Dana White announced today that the organization will be making an announcement regarding the addition of a 125 lb. division at some point this weekend, a move well over a year in the making.

He also commented on Evans' remarks towards UFC on Fox 2 opponent Phil Davis at yesterday's pre-event press conference, in which Evans compared his planned striking strategy to that of shamed former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is currently under investigation for over a dozen counts of child abuse.

Recent rumors had the flyweight division entering the Zuffa banner, but under the Strikeforce umbrella, where it would supposedly be groomed and built up before being transferred over to the big show, similar to the bantamweight and featherweight divisions in the UFC.

However, a successful run by Dominick Cruz this year, the popularity of Urijah Faber and an exciting season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show featuring 135 lb and 145 lb fighters likely forced White and company's hand.

Meanwhile, White now has to deal with the aftermath of Evans' comments to Davis, in which the former champ told his foe "I guarantee you'll be the first one to take a shot. Guarantee. Because I'm going to put my hands on you worse than that dude did them other kids at Penn State."

Following today's UFC 140 pre-fight press conference, White spoke on the matter, stating that he had talked to Evans and has yet to make a decision on whether or not he will be reprimanded.

"The thing is with me, people are looking at me, and I saw a couple of stupid stories that were written by people that want attention," White said. "You know who those people are. What do you want me to do? You want me to have our lawyers draw something up, and I'll come out and read it to you guys? Rashad said something stupid. It's probably one of the dumbest things you can say. He gets it, and he knows it was a stupid thing to say. We'll see what happens."


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