Addition of Women's Flyweight Division to UFC Not Official, Despite Announcement

Posted May 04, 2017

In addition, the UFC is holding open tryouts for the reality show May 23 in Las Vegas.

Despite the press release distributed by promotion on Thursday night, UFC President Dana White told Yahoo Sports that nothing was official at this time and that any news regarding a new 125-pound division was premature. The UFC is inviting professionals from around the world to compete alongside anyone on its current roster who can make the weight. The 145-pound featherweight class debuted earlier this year when Germaine de Randamie defeated Holly Holm for the inaugural title, but the promotion has yet to fill the division with new fighters aside from de Randamie and potential challenger Cris Cyborg Justino.

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

Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter will follow a similar format to Season 20, which saw the introduction of the 115lb Strawweight division and saw Carla Esparza take the belt and become the division's first champion. With this new fourth Flyweight division, 125lb fighters will be able to compete at a much healthier and more equitable weight.

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

The UFC is introducing a 12th weight class.

The Invicta Fighting Championships, an all-women's promotional company with ties to the UFC, has five women's weight classes, including a 105-pound atomweight division.