Shevchenko Sends Frightening Message To Flyweights: “I’m Here Forever”

Valentina Shevchenko has insisted that she’ll be reigning atop the UFC flyweight division forever. Currently riding on a seven-fight win streak with her last loss coming by split decision to Amanda Nunes—a fighter widely considered to be the pinnacle of women’s MMA—Valentina Shevchenko seems almost unstoppable as she continues to dominate the contenders in her 125lb weight class.

The UFC Women's Flyweight Title: A Visual History

On Saturday, Valentina Shevchenko will look to continue her stranglehold on the flyweight division, and bolster her case as the top pound-for-pound woman in the sport. As “Bullet” prepares to square off against Lauren Murphy in the co-main event of UFC 266, she is perhaps the most dominant divisional champion of either gender in major MMA. A win would be Shevchenko’s sixth consecutive title defense, breaking a three-way tie with two of her former opponents, Amanda Nunes and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, for the UFC women’s divisional record. (Though to be fair, Nunes has defended the bantamweight title five times, but has also defended the featherweight strap twice over that same time.)

Tommy Frank wins long-vacant British flyweight title

Tommy Frank W12 Matt Windle ... Tommy Frank and Matt Windle treated a vociferous crowd at Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England to a twelve-round war, that saw local man Frank (14-2) become the first fighter from the Steel City to win the British flyweight crown. A distance fight didn’t look likely after Windle (6-4-1) was down in round two from a solid right hand, but the Birmingham man showed the mettle he is known for, got back up and battled back. Both men had success in a see-saw contest, but Windle appeared just too small to dent Frank, who won via a unanimous winner on all three judges' cards. The British 112-pound title had been vacant for five years.

Simms Flyweight Shell Jacket

Packable jacket uses new Gore-Tex PacLite Plus fabric. The Flyweight Shell Jacket is the first Simms product made with Gore-Tex PacLite Plus fabric, a two-layer laminate where the Gore-Tex membrane is bonded directly to an outer shell material, and the inside of the jacket is coated with a durable protective layer made of an oleophobic (anti-oil) substance and carbon. This thin, protective layer makes a separate fabric lining unnecessary, and the result is a lightweight, packable garment that you can take anywhere.

Simms Flyweight Hip Hybrid System

New pack helps anglers get far from roads. We broke the news on the new Simms Flyweight Waders when they were first announced, and the breathable waders with stretch panels and 5.11 HEXGRID over the chest pocket won our award for the best new wader of the year (see our 2021 Gear Guide, or online at But the waders are just part of a robust Flyweight product family designed for fly fishers who want to travel light and fast—and as far from the road as possible. Now that the entire line is available, we’ve been experimenting with the Flyweight Hip Hybrid System, a customizable cargo system that includes a Utility Belt, Water Bottle Holster, and a Large Pod to carry fly boxes and other tools you’ll need onstream. The utility belt uses the same customizable 5.11 HEXGRID as the waders. It’s inspired by the old MOLLE webbing system used by military personnel, but the 5.11 HEXGRID allows you attach the Large Pod or the Water Bottle Holster at any orientation—vertical or diagonal. Whatever you decide to attach is locked in place securely. There’s no jostling, wiggling, or sliding in this system, which is important when you’re hiking many miles, wading through boulder gardens, and hopping barbed wire fences. The attachments are fixed in place because you weave vertical TPU webbing straps through multiple entry/exit points in the HEXGRID and also through the horizontal webbing on the back of the Pod or Holster, so the attachment is welded in place, exactly where you want it and at the angle that works best for your body dimensions for maximum comfort and efficiency. The Large Pod is 10.25"x4"x7" with two zippered compartments that will easily take three large fly boxes—or five medium boxes— and leave room in the internal organizers for your leaders, tippet spools, powder, and other accessories. There is also mesh external storage for an additional water bottle (handy if you decide to use the Water Bottle Holster for bear spray), straps to secure a rolled-up Flyweight Shell Jacket, a tool and zinger docking station, and an external looped fly field. Simms also sells a Net Holster ($20) and small Pod ($80) that both dock with the HEXGRID on the Utility Belt.
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Pedro Munhoz considering move to flyweight following eye-opening fight with Jose Aldo

“The Young Punisher” could be heading down to flyweight after at UFC 265. Pedro Munhoz is happy with his performance against Jose Aldo despite losing a decision to “the greatest of all-time in UFC and WEC” in Houston at UFC 265, but might change a few things in his career going forward. Before the official result was read, Munhoz spoke with Aldo inside the cage and said he was thinking about cutting down to 125 pounds.

Pedro Munhoz Exploring Drop to Flyweight, Following Loss to Jose Aldo

Pedro Munhoz has been a contender in the UFC’s bantamweight division for some time now. But, it looks like the aggressive fighter could be headed to flyweight. The 35-year-old Munhoz is coming off a decision loss to Jose Aldo in August, which followed his decision victory over Jimmie Rivera this past February.