UFC announce TUF 26 will launch new flyweight division for women

Posted May 04, 2017

On Wednesday, the UFC announced that Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter would introduce the long awaited women's 125-pound division, with the victor becoming the inaugural UFC women's flyweight champion.

Current UFC fighters are free to apply for TUF provided they can make flyweight through out the season.

However, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo!

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.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is working on the creation of a women's flyweight division for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) combat sports reality show, which is expected to begin filming this July.

Flyweight will be the fourth weight class for women in the UFC, which only began promoting women's fights in early 2013.

The move would give the UFC four female weight classes: 115, 125, 135 and 145 pounds.

UFC announced a late-May open tryout for women between 21-34 with a winning record and at least three professional fights.

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Under the current divisions, fighters have to either compete "undersize" in the Bantamweight at 135lbs, or endure a ugly weight cut to drop to the 116lbs Strawweight limit.

The decision comes hot on the heels of a featherweight class being launched in February where Germaine de Randamie was crowned the inaugral champion when she won a controversial decision over Holly Holm.

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