The UFC Unleashes New Women's Flyweight Division For TUF

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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!

According to the release, fighters now signed to the UFC roster (like her) can also apply for TUF 26 if they're able to make the flyweight limit, so long as they meet the age requirement (21-34) and have a winning record.

Update: UFC Bantamweight and TUF 26 alumni has just announced via Twitter her intentions to drop to 125 and become the first Flyweight champ.

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.

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. Sports that it has not been finalized and the emailed news release was sent in error. The flyweight division fills a gap that will allow some women too small for 135 to compete at their ideal weight class.

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

Needless to say the announcement was met with a great deal of excitement among female fighters, but their enthusiasm was quickly dampened when Yahoo!

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

Bellator MMA also intends to crown its first female flyweight champion later this year.