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

MMA UFC to introduce new flyweight category for women fighters

MMA UFC to introduce new flyweight category for women fighters

The release said open tryouts would be held later this month in Las Vegas and that fighters now signed to the UFC's other women's divisions who are able to make the 125-pound limit would also be eligible for the show.

Now the UFC has three female weight divisions, bantamweight (135 pounds), strawweight (115 pounds), and featherweight (145 pounds).

The UFC is preparing to implicate its fourth female weight class.

The UFC began promoting women's fights in early 2013, and the rise in popularity of women's mixed martial arts was largely due to former 135-pound bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Current UFC fighters are free to apply for TUF provided they can make flyweight through out the season.

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The release, sent by UFC public relations to media Wednesday, announced that tryouts would be held for TUF 26 on May 23 in Las Vegas.

Similar to what they did with women's strawweight in 2014, a season-long tournament on The Ultimate Fighter will be the proving ground for the company's newest division.

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

But numerous fighters already under UFC contract, including high-profile strawweight Paige VanZant, have requested the addition in recent years, hoping to compete closer to their natural weight instead of fighting at 135 or 115 pounds.

Although this will be the official start of the women's flyweight division, Joanne Calderwood defeated Valerie Letourneau in a 125-pound matchup past year.

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