dglobalnews.com UFC Announces TUF 26 Will Crown Women's Flyweight Champion
Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

UFC Announces TUF 26 Will Crown Women's Flyweight Champion

UFC Announces TUF 26 Will Crown Women's Flyweight Champion

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 tryouts are also open to current UFC competitors that can make 125 pounds throughout the season.

According to a report from Kevin Iole of Yahoo.com, UFC president Dana White said that the division was being discussed, and the initial press release was sent out in error.

The UFC have been mulling over the possibility of this weight class for some time, even putting together a "trial run" fight between Joanne Calderwood and Valerie Letourneau previous year.

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Interestingly, Letourneau lost the fight and has since been released by the UFC, but just last month she signed for Bellator, who are in the process of building their own women's 125lb division.

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Much like TUF season 20, UFC is using TUF to build another women's division.

The UFC added a 115-pound strawweight division in 2014 and a 145-pound bantamweight division this year. At time of publication, only de Randamie, Holm and Cris Cyborg are considered featherweights in the UFC.

The UFC is considering featuring women's flyweights on Season 26, which will begin filming in July and will be broadcast in September.

The 29-year-old Pole has often spoke about becoming the first two-weight women's champion which until the creation of flyweight meant moving up to bantamweight to compete.

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