Nate Diaz calls for more weight classes ‘ASAP’

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nate Diaz is determined to return to welterweight, despite losing two in a row at lightweight. UFC president has been adamant that he thinks the idea is not sound.

Now Diaz is thinking outside the box, and has called for more weight divisions.

Nathan Diaz ‏@NateDiaz209
@ufc more weight classes ASAP ?? 163,178,193 More super fights more champion vs champion ,closer to weight better fights more potential …

The subject of added weight divisions was addressed at length by the Association of Boxing Commissions in 2008/2009, but the standard divisions prevailed:
Flyweight     125
Bantamweight     135
Featherweight     145
Lightweight     155
Welterweight     170
Middleweight     185
Light Heavyweight     205
Heavyweight     265

The new proposed divisions were:
flyweight (up to 105 lbs)
super flyweight (over 105.1 to 115 lbs)
bantamweight (over 115.1 to 125 lbs)
super bantamweight (over 125.1 to 135 lbs)
featherweight (over 135.1 to 145 lbs)
lightweight (over 145.1 to 155 lbs)
super lightweight (over 155.1 to 165 lbs)
welterweight (over 165.1 to 175 lbs)
super welterweight (over 175.1 to 185 lbs)
middleweight (over 185.1 to 195 lbs)
super middleweight (over 195.1 to 205 lbs)
light heavyweight (over 205.1 to 225 lbs)
heavyweight (over 225.1 to 265 lbs)
super heavyweight (over 265.1 lbs).

In the defense of fewer divisions, eight was the number of divisions in boxing for generations, and was a number small enough so that sports fans could remember every champion. Boxing splintered into an endless number of divisions and sanctioning bodies, leaving most fans unable to name a single unified champion.