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Top ranked fighter claims 165-pound division is happening: “Not a rumor”



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Rafael Fiziev wants a 165-pound division. Photo via Instagram: (@rafael_ataman_fiziev)

Fighters have pushed for the inclusion of a 165-pound division for a long time.

Since lightweight (155 pounds) and welterweight (170 pounds) are two of the more talent-rich divisions in the promotion.

Since the gap between lightweight and welterweight is the biggest between any divisions, many fighters and experts reason that a 155-, 165-, and 175-pounds would be better than the current 155- and 170-pounds divisions.

According to No. 8 ranked lightweight Rafael Fiziev, the promotion is in fact already working towards adding the 165-pound class.

“This is not a rumor, this is already for sure as far as I know. I heard that this is already true and even they have already fought, they even identified something there, I heard. Yes,” Fiziev told Russian outlet Ushatayka (via SportsKeeda).

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165-pound division

A UFC 165-pound division would be the perfect option for big lightweights like Dustin Poirier and Islam Makhachev, as well as smaller welterweights such as Rafael dos Anjos.

A 175 pound division would also be great for fighters like Khamzat Chimaev, who struggled to make 170 pounds.

Check out the current champions in every UFC division below!

  • Flyweight (125 pounds): Alexandre Pantoja
  • Bantamweight (135 pounds): Sean O’Malley
  • Featherweight (145 pounds): Ilia Topuria
  • Lightweight (155 pounds): Islam Makhachev
  • Welterweight (170 pounds): Leon Edwards
  • Middleweight (185 pounds): Dricus du Plessis
  • Light heavyweight (205 pounds): Alex Pereira
  • Heavyweight (265 pounds): Jon Jones
  • Women’s strawweight (115 pounds): Zhang Weili
  • Women’s flyweight (125 pounds): Alexa Grasso
  • Women’s bantamweight (135 pounds): Raquel Pennington
  • Women’s featherweight: VACANT

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