On Wednesday, the UFC announced that Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter would introduce the long awaited women's 125-pound division, with the victor becoming the inaugural 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.
The promotion sent a news release announcing that the upcoming 26th season of TUF will feature female flyweights for the first time, with an inaugural champion crowned at the end of the series. UFC president Dana White told the same thing to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.
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As everyone was getting excited about the UFC adding it's 12th division, and fourth women's division, it appears as if the organization jumped the proverbial gun on making the announcement.
The UFC has eight men's weight classes. 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. Also, females now on the UFC roster that can successfully make 125-pounds throughout the duration of the season are open to tryout.
The 29-year-old Pole has often spoke about becoming the first two-weight women's champion which until the creation of flyweight meant moving up to bantamweight to compete.