UFC mulling launch of women's flyweight class

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As previously reported, the UFC issued an announcement yesterday saying that the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter would feature the creation of a new UFC women's flyweight division (125 pounds), and the tournament would crown the first-ever UFC women's flyweight champion.

Women's fighters on the current UFC roster will also be eligible to participate in the show as long as they are able to consistently make 125-pounds throughout the season. Sports that it has not been finalized and the emailed news release was sent in error.

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.

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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 flyweight division fills a gap that will allow some women too small for 135 to compete at their ideal weight class.

A new division will be created and a new champion will emerge from the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

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Just to clarify, the announcement that was posted on the UFC's official website, which provided specifics such as date, time and location for female flyweights to tryout for the reality show, was erroneous? The promotion crowned Germaine de Randamie its first female featherweight champion in February, following her decision victory over former bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

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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