This past Thursday, Dana White made a blockbuster announcement: Following December 16th's WEC 53 event, the UFC will adopt its bantamweight and featherweight divisions, as well as merging both lightweight divisions.
This was arguably the biggest news story of the year, and along with it come many questions. One of the biggest questions is whether any of the current UFC lightweight combatants would drop down to featherweight now that the UFC has adopted that division.
Some of the current lightweight fighters have expressed interest in dropping down to 145 pounds in the past, but to do so they would have to move to the WEC, which would result in a big pay-cut as well as a loss of sponsors. Financially, it wasn't the right move.
But now that the door is open I would expect these five guys to make the move down to 145 pounds over the next few years.