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

UFC announce TUF 26 will launch new flyweight division for women

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.

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. The flyweight division fills a gap that will allow some women too small for 135 to compete at their ideal weight class. Also, females now on the UFC roster that can successfully make 125-pounds throughout the duration of the season are open to tryout.

This week, it was announced that the UFC will be launching a women's flyweight division - 125 pounds - on an upcoming season of the long-running reality series The Ultimate Fighter.

The UFC have announced they are creating a flyweight division for women starting this summer. The popularity of women's mixed martial arts grew swiftly with the rise of former 135-pound bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, prompting the UFC to expand its roster dramatically.

Season 30 tryouts will commence on May 30th at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas for fighters aged between 21 - 34 with a winning three fight record.

How many women in the bantamweight division will put their body through the grueling cut for a chance to become a UFC champion at season's end? However, UFC President Dana White later told Yahoo Sports that the release was sent in error and the promotion had not finalized the addition of a 125-pound female weight class.

Of note, the UFC has held a women's flyweight fight, a one-off between Joanne Calderwood and Valerie Letourneau in June 2016.

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