Heading into 2019, most of us figured there was a fantastic possibility the UFC flyweight division was on its final legs. However, when Henry Cejudo knocked out TJ Dillashaw in the first round of their bout at UFC Fight Night 143, we believed there was a chance the branch could be saved, particularly since the UFC declared a few different fights at 125lbs for other events.
It looks like that may not be the case, as the marketing has reportedly released several other flyweights.
According to Cejudo, who spoke to the media last weekend in UFC Fight Night 144, the UFC has released top-ranked flyweights Dustin Ortiz and Matheus Nicolau. Additionally, John Moraga has been eliminated from the UFC’s official rankings, indicating he too has been published. The UFC has not yet commented on if these fighters have really officially been released, but normally it’s up to the fighters to tell the media and fans when that occurs. Almost anytime somebody has been removed from the positions for unknown reasons, though, it is usually because the UFC released them.
Even though the UFC flyweight division is clearly on its way out, the decision to cut an excellent fighter like Ortiz is downright shocking, and dare I say, dumb. Ortiz is coming off of a competitive unanimous decision loss to Joseph Benavidez in UFC Fight Night 143 which was clearly one of the better fights on this card. There’s an opportunity Benavidez understands another crack at Cejudo’s belt, meaning the UFC simply cut Ortiz coming from a title eliminator. And prior to the Benavidez struggle, Ortiz had won three straight fights, such as a mind kick knockout within the aforementioned Nicolau, a determination win over Alexandre Pantoja — a gifted flyweight who it appears has been spared by the cuts so much — along with also a 15-second KO over Hector Sandoval which was the fastest knockout in UFC flyweight history. If anything, the UFC must have told Ortiz to move around bantamweight, which Alex Perez seemingly is going to do (along with fighters such as Said Nurmagomedov). Releasing such a talented and fighter such as Ortiz outright just seems silly.
In terms of Nicolau, he’d won three of his fights in the Octagon before losing to Ortiz, and although he didn’t appear to be a title contender, he still provided valuable depth at 125lbs. He also holds a notable triumph over Moraga, who it appears has also got the boot. That is another cut which shocks me. Moraga was really among the first flyweights the UFC signed back in 2012, and even though he had an up-and-down UFC profession, he was still considered to be a solid gatekeeper and the perfect test for up-and-comers to take on. In his last fight, he was knocked out by Deiveson Figueiredo, who appears to be among the few flyweights the UFC nevertheless has to the roster. There is no reason Moraga couldn’t have stuck around and continued to act in a gatekeeper role. It just seems too harsh to reduce a guy who was one of those few fighters with completing possible in a branch that generally sees struggles go the distance.
Now, it’s very bizarre what the UFC is doing together with the flyweights. If you ask UFC president Dana White, he says the promotion has not made a decision on the division, but it seems like every day we’re seeing a flyweight get cut, then another day we see a flyweight fight booked. It would be fine if the UFC will make up its mind and either cut all of the flyweights or keep a full division, since now the fighters have no idea what kind of job security they have moving forward, and that is not fair to anybody.
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