UFC creates 4th weight class for women, adding 125-pounders

UFC announce TUF 26 will launch new flyweight division for women

The promotion announced today that "The Ultimate Fighter 26" will culminate with the crowning of the inaugural UFC women's flyweight champion.

The one glaring hole on the UFC's roster for the last several years has been the absence of a women's flyweight division. Sports that it has not been finalized and the emailed news release was sent in error.

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This isn't the first time the UFC has decided on an inaugural champion for a new division via TUF, as the first ever women's strawweight champion was crowned on TUF 20.

Women's flyweight would be the UFC's 12th weight class, and its fourth women's division.

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Under the current divisions, fighters have to either compete "undersize" in the Bantamweight at 135lbs, or endure a disgusting weight cut to drop to the 116lbs Strawweight limit. These fighters who are already signed to the UFC would be allowed to try out for TUF. The promotion crowned Germaine de Randamie its first female featherweight champion in February, following her decision victory over former bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

The release said open tryouts would be held later this month in Las Vegas and that fighters now signed to the UFC's other women's divisions who are able to make the 125-pound limit would also be eligible for the show.

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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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