fly·weight | \ˈflī-ˌwāt \

Definition of flyweight 

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 112 pounds — compare bantamweight

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Widely regarded as the second-best flyweight in the world behind champion Demetrious Johnson, Joseph Benavidez is 25-4 over the course of his MMA career with his only losses coming to champions Johnson and Dominick Cruz (twice each). Todd Martin,, "Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis live round-by-round coverage," 9 June 2018 Pacquiao’s rise from flyweight champion to junior-middleweight titleholder has never been matched in the sport. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Pacquiao taking matters into his own hands for next fight — literally," 8 July 2018 After reclaiming the bantamweight title at November's UFC 217, T.J. Dillashaw set his sights on a superfight with reigning flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. Christopher Cason, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of T.J. Dillashaw, UFC Champion and Future Ironman Triathlete," 14 May 2018 Tara Nott, a flyweight, won at the 2000 Sydney Games — the first Olympics in which women competed in weight lifting. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Chuck Vinci, Olympic Champion Weight Lifter, Dies at 85," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, the division has been hollowed out by retirements and fighters moving to new divisions at featherweight and flyweight. Todd Martin,, "Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington live round-by-round coverage," 12 May 2018 The team eventually included boxers in the flyweight to light heavyweight divisions found at Camp Pendleton, Miramar and Twentynine Palms. Carl Prine,, "Marine boxer bludgeons his way to Best Boxer title in London bouts," 28 May 2018 VanZant competes in the flyweight division and has a 7–4 career record. Chris Chavez,, "UFC Star Paige VanZant Says She Was Sexually Assaulted At 14 Years Old," 10 Apr. 2018 The flyweight champion has operated with less fanfare and pay-per-view appreciation than fellow champions, even as he's made a UFC-record 11 consecutive title defenses. Lance Pugmire,, "UFC's Dana White says a Demetrious Johnson-T.J. Dillashaw super-fight is 'not happening'," 22 Mar. 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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