Huge White announcement sees Aldo arrive in UFC
In a media conference call on Thursday, UFC president Dana White announced the UFC is adding two new championship divisions in order to absorb the highly popular WEC competition.
The UFC will be swelled by divisions at bantamweight (135lbs or 9stone 9lbs) and featherweight (145lbs or 10stone 5lbs), opening fresh opportunity for a whole new batch of English fighters.
"As the UFC continues to evolve and grow globally, we want to be able to give fans title fights in every weight division," said White. "This is a big day for the sport and the athletes who will have the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage in the world."
The two new divisions feature WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo who will now be recognized as the reigning UFC featherweight champion, and WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. White confirmed that Aldo's first defence will come at UFC 125, although his opponent is yet to be named.
White also revealed that the winner of the December 16 lightweight title fight between WEC champion Ben Henderson and top contender Anthony Pettis in the US will take on the winner of the UFC 125 main event title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. This upcoming fight will serve as a UFC lightweight title unification bout to be held next year.
The move brings London's own Brad 'One Punch' Pickett, 19-5 and considered one of the best bantamweight fighters in the world, into the UFC.