SCHAUMBURG, IL APRIL 16, 2022
So it’s been a long time coming since The Schmo was asking Dana White to start a grand prix at a UFC press event when starting a 165 lbs division and moving welterweight from 170 to 175 lbs. As the UFC got bigger and better over the years, one thing was certain. They had an embarrassment of riches at the lightweight and welterweight divisions. Many fighters cut insane amounts of weight to hit their division weight limits and while the stars of these divisions are incredible, it’s time to start considering adding the additional division. Many people don’t know how it would work and that is because there is no correct answer. But something interesting occured this week. The UFC rankings (determined by a select group of media members) had moved Dustin Poirier to a tie for number 1 contender in the lightweight division with Justin Gaethje, No fights took place for there to be any reason for the sudden change so many fans were left scratching their heads. While I have no reason or evidence behind this, I believe this is a move to thicken the plot between a possible bout between Poirier and former American Top Team teammate, #1 welterweight contender, Colby Covington.A matchup being set to bring in the initial title fight between two number one contenders is exactly what the UFC could be looking for. Two former interim champs competing to be the first undisputed champion of a brand new division is like a movie ending.
I have been a firm believer in the possibility of the two of them fighting and with Poirier looking to fight soon and seemingly no deal is being made with Nate Diaz, Colby could be the biggest money fight for the Louisiana native. The two have been giving shots back and forth and after Covington dominated American Top Team fighter, Jorge Masvidal, we could be sitting looking at the main event matchup at International Fight Week in Las Vegas, NV this July.