WEC LogoThe rumors were true.

The WEC has officially added a 125lbs flyweight division and eliminated their welterweight division, according to a press release sent out earlier today.

Sticking by its mission to focus on MMA’s lighter weight classes, World Extreme Cagefighting executives today officially announced the addition of a 125-pound flyweight division and the elimination of its 170-pound welterweight division.

“With the addition of the flyweight division, the WEC has cemented its status as the home of the greatest lighter weight fighters in the world,” WEC Vice President of Operations and Production Peter Dropick today stated in a press release. “We are excited to launch the 125-pound championship division, and look forward to giving our fans the best and most action-packed flyweight fights in the sport.”

This is a great move if you ask me. I don’t have any statistics to back this claim up, but I would imagine even the majority of hardcore fans aren’t too familiar with the 125lbs fighters. I know I’m not at least. Until now, there’s never been a major outlet in North America for them to showcase their skills, so unless you’ve been a loyal Shooto or DEEP follower, chances are you’re not either.

It’s just one more thing to look forward to, and honestly, I don’t think anyone is going to miss the welterweights. Carlos Condit was running out of challengers and deserves to be fighting the best welterweights in the world in the UFC. Although, with Georges St. Pierre at the top of the division, I think it’s safe to say we won’t be seeing Condit wearing a belt again anytime soon.