UFC women's flyweight division in the works for TUF 26 on FS1

MMA UFC to introduce new flyweight category for women fighters

MMA UFC to introduce new flyweight category for women fighters

Womens Strawweight fighter Paige VanZant gets in a punch while bracing for another from Rose Namajunas during the UFC Fight Night 80 at The Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

The new weight classes first champion will be crowned during the upcoming season of the promotion's long-running reality television show, "The Ultimate Fighter".

The UFC is preparing to implicate its fourth female weight class. The promotion announced today that "The Ultimate Fighter 26" will culminate with the crowning of the inaugural UFC women's flyweight champion.

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The UFC may be set to close the gap in its women's divisions with a new 125-pound class. The 135-pound bantamweight class was the first women's division in the UFC, debuting in 2013 with champion Ronda Rousey. Tryouts are slated for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, at Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas.

Of note, any current UFC fighter that can successfully make 125 pounds is also eligible to tryout for the season.

It's welcome news for the sport in general, as many female athletes in the UFC have been forced to choose between fighting as an undersized 135-pound bantamweight or a shrunken 115-pound strawweight.

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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.

The UFC already staged its first stand-alone flyweight fight last June, when Joanne Calderwood beat Valerie Letourneau by third-round stoppage.

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