It has been a talking point for many years, that major mixed martial arts organizations adopt the 165-pound weight class. Well, British Columbia’s Battlefield Fight League has made the decision to drop the 170-pound weight class and add the 165-pound and 175-pound divisions.
News of the change came on BFL’s official Facebook page.
Current BFL welterweight champion David Perron is no longer the 170-pound title holder, but instead the 175-pound champ. They also announced that the professional 165-pound division will be coming soon.
Battlefield Fight League drops 170-pound weight class
BFL President Jay Golshani explained the reasoning behind the abolishment of the division.
“We have been trying to eliminate the weight cutting for some time now which has led to a lot of catchweight bouts and fans getting confused about title fights being at catchweights,” Golshani said. “But adding a whole new 165 division and with the introduction of the flyweight division now we have 125/135/145/155/165/175/185 which should eventually reduce the number of catchweight bouts and more champions, more super fights and potential for two or perhaps event three division champions.”
At BFL 55, the promotion crowned the inaugural amateur 125-pound champion, as Dion Wu defeated David Chen. In the coming year, BFL will promote professional champs at both 125-pounds and 165-pounds.
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