2020 Year in Review: The women’s flyweight division

Valentina Shevchenko and Katlyn Chookagian | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series looks to help out with that, providing an […]

Bellator signs flyweight champion Juliana Velasquez to new multi-fight deal

Bellator women’s flyweight champion Juliana Velasquez isn’t going anywhere. On Friday, a promotion official informed MMA Junkie that the recently crowned titleholder has signed a new multi-fight deal with the promotion. No additional terms of the deal were disclosed. Velasquez (11-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) won the championship in December when she defeated long-reigning 125-pound incumbent Ilima-Lei […]

Cage Warriors flyweight champion Jake Hadley: ‘I’ve been ready for the UFC for a long time’

Cage Warriors champion Jake Hadley is ready to take his career to the next level. The undefeated English prospect recently captured the promotion’s flyweight title with a landslide unanimous decision win over Luke Shanks at Cage Warriors 117 in December and says he’s more than ready to compete against the UFC’s top contenders at 125 […]

2020 Year in Review: Men’s flyweight division

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series looks to help out with that, providing an overview on what happened in each weight class, and a […]

Team Garbrandt: If flyweight title shot not on table, bring on Jose Aldo

Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt still believes he’s the No. 1 contender for the promotion’s flyweight belt, but his manager believes there are other options on the table right now, as well. With UFC flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo expected to rematch Mexican contender Brandon Moreno following their thrilling majority draw earlier this month, Ali […]

Bellator signs Darina Madzyuk, flyweight who beat 529-pound man in freak show fight

Bellator MMA has made a unique addition to its flyweight roster. MMA Fighting confirmed with people with knowledge of the signing that Russia’s Darina Mazdyuk has joined Bellator, following an initial report by Barstool Sports. Mazdyuk recently became familiar to combat sports fans after she took part in an intergender exhibition bout in Moscow that […]

Sabina Mazo not ruling out flyweight despite upcoming debut at 135 pounds

Sabina Mazo is not ready to say goodbye to the flyweight division. The former LFA women’s flyweight champion and current UFC prospect is not closing the chapter at 125 pounds despite having her bantamweight debut booked for early 2021. Mazo (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is set to compete against former UFC title challenger Alexis Davis […]

Dana White Lauds Matchmaker for Making ‘Tweaks’ to Salvage UFC’s Flyweight Division

After what transpired at UFC 256, it’s hard to imagine that the flyweight division was once on life support in the Las Vegas-based promotion. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno remind everyone flyweight division never needed saving

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Brandon Moreno wasn’t supposed to be here. Not headlining a UFC main event. Not going 25 minutes with a world title on the line. And certainly not being one or two rounds away from actually becoming a UFC champion. Two years ago, Moreno wasn’t even on the UFC roster. He […]

Deiveson Figueiredo-Brandon Moreno classic gives UFC chance for real flyweight reset | Opinion

The division the UFC all but killed produced one of the greatest fights in company history Saturday night. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, the UFC essentially traded away former longtime champion Demetrious Johnson to ONE Championship, cut a slew of 125 pounders from the roster, and let titleholder Henry Cejudo go up a […]

Jake Hadley Upends Luke Shanks, Captures Flyweight Belt at CW 117

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returned with the first of three consecutive events on Dec. 10. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Bellator 254 results: Juliana Velasquez takes flyweight title from Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Juliana Velasquez is the new Bellator flyweight champion after a tactical five-round fight against Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in the headliner of Bellator 254 on Thursday. Velasquez earned scores of 48-47 twice and 49-46 for largely shutting down Macfarlane’s takedown game and countering the champ’s charges with heavier, more accurate punches. The 34-year-old Brazilian is the second […]

Juliana Velasquez Claims Flyweight Title in Bellator 254 Main Event

Bellator MMA‘s final card of 2020 was headlined by a flyweight title fight between reigning champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and undefeated challenger Juliana Velasquez. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC free fight: Deiveson Figueiredo submits Alex Perez in first flyweight title defense

Deiveson Figueiredo is establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with at 125 pounds. Saturday, Figueiredo takes on Brandon Moreno, 21 days after their most recent bouts, in the main event of UFC 256 on Dec. 12. The UFC flyweight champion picked up his first title defense win last month in the main event […]

Demetrious Johnson to Challenge for One Championship Flyweight Belt on Feb. 24

Demetrious Johnson will get his chance to capture a title belt in another major promotion when he faces reigning champ Adriano Moraes in a flyweight title clash at a One Championship event on Feb. 24. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Missed Fists: Flyweight prospect Manon Fiorot captures UAE Warriors title, Kade Rutulo scores smooth buggy choke, more

Manon Fiorot celebrates a title fight victory at UAE Warriors 14 in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 27 | @Grabaka_Hitman, Twitter Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA […]

UFC Signs Francisco Figueiredo, Brother of Flyweight Champ Deiveson Figueiredo

The UFC is adding the younger brother of reigning flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo to its roster. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC signs Francisco Figueiredo, brother of flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo

The Figueiredo family has another member on the UFC roster after the company inked a deal with Brazilian bantamweight Francisco Figueiredo, his manager Wallid Ismail announced on social media. “Sniper” Figueiredo, brother of 125-pound champion Deiveson Figueiredo and a former interim Jungle Fight bantamweight titleholder, is expected to make his octagon debut on one of […]

UFC on ESPN 18 Loses Amir Albazi-Zhalgas Zhumagulov Flyweight Bout

A proposed flyweight bout pitting Amir Albazi against Zhalgas Zhumagulov has been pulled from the UFC on ESPN 18 lineup. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC 255 ‘Fight Motion’: Flyweight champions hold their thrones

The UFC flyweight division on both the men’s and women’s side proved again to be in capable hands at UFC 255, with champions Deiveson Figueiredo and Valentina Shevchenko defending their titles atop the card. The main event saw Figueiredo (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) tap out Alex Perez (23-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in less than two […]

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