UFC Launches Women's Flyweight Division With New Season Of The Ultimate Fighter

UFC announce TUF 26 will launch new flyweight division for women

All women now on the roster are eligible to enter the 125-pound tournament, as are newcomers between the ages of 21-34 with a winning record and at least three professional fights. The flyweight division fills a gap that will allow some women too small for 135 to compete at their ideal weight class.

The 115-pound strawweight division was added through the 20th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2014.

Sports that the announcement was premature and that the UFC is merely considering adding its fourth women's division.




A few hours after announcing "The Ultimate Fighter 26" would feature an all-female flyweight cast, with the tournament's victor being crowned the UFC's inaugural 125-pound champion, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo! The 135-pound bantamweight class was the first women's division in the UFC, debuting in 2013 with champion Ronda Rousey.

The open casting call is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. PT inside Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. "The season will also be open to females on the current UFC roster that can successfully make 125-pounds throughout the duration of the season". Despite those claims, several top women's fighters have been clamoring for the chance to compete in a more natural weight class at 125-pounds rather than fighting up at bantamweight or moving down to strawweight.

The UFC already staged its first stand-alone flyweight fight last June, when Joanne Calderwood beat Valerie Letourneau by third-round stoppage. The inaugural title fight for that weight class took place between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm at UFC 208 in February.

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