Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
Business | By Pat Ferguson

UFC Announces New Women's Flyweight Division Then Backtracks On it

UFC Announces New Women's Flyweight Division Then Backtracks On it

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!

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. However, according to UFC President Dana White, that announcement by the UFC was premature. Additionally, he said that the press release confirming the new division tournament and championship for this season was sent in error.

News of the division class comes just a few months after the promotion introduced its third women's division, the featherweights.

The UFC may be set to close the gap in its women's divisions with a new 125-pound class.

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The announcement was met with praise by fellow women's fighters in the organization, including Lauren Murphy, who on Twitter expressed interest in competing in the upcoming season if the division becomes a reality.

The 125-pound division would be the second female weight class added to the UFC in 2017.

The UFC is considering featuring women's flyweights on Season 26, which will begin filming in July and will be broadcast in September. These fighters who are already signed to the UFC would be allowed to try out for TUF. Germaine de Randamie claimed the inaugural 145-pound crown with a decision win over Holly Holm at UFC 208.

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