In MMA terms, the addition of the featherweight and bantamweight divisions into the UFC happened eons ago. In actual terms, it was less than 3 years ago. The flyweight division was even more recent in 2012. And if it was up to commentator Joe Rogan, there would be even more weight classes added to the eight current (men’s) divisions today.
Rogan has been a huge fan of the flyweights since their addition to the roster; and he thinks there’s room for several more. “I would like to see a super heavyweight division,” Rogan told Bloody Elbow, “but more importantly, I’d like to see some classes in between middleweight and light heavyweight. There’s a 20 pound difference there. Imagine stacking up 20 steaks. That’s a huge difference.”
So reading between the lines, Rogan seems to be suggesting a 195 pound weight class. I imagine some fighters like Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans might find that division a natural home, along with some other smaller light heavyweights who aren’t quite comfortable with the drop to 185.
As for super heavyweight, I don’t know to what extent there is a need for that one. How many doors would be opened with this addition? I just don’t know if there are a slew of great fighters around the world weighing in at over 265 pounds. I’d be curious to hear Rogan’s reasoning behind a super heavyweight division.
But those aren’t the only new classes he’d add. “There are guys out there that could really benefit from a 160 pound division,” he continued. “Diego Sanchez is a prime example of that.” With just a 5 pound gap, there would no doubt be numerous fighters bouncing between divisions based on what opportunities are present. Nate Diaz would likely find 160 a nice fit.
So based on Rogan’s suggestions, the UFC would have the following weight classes and champions, if not more. What are your thoughts?