Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
Business | By Jorge Reeves

UFC adds 125-pound weight division for women

UFC adds 125-pound weight division for women

The new season will feature a cast made up entirely of 125-pound women's fighters with the victor being crowned the first ever champion in the division.

Plans for a new weight class will surely come as good news to dozens of fighters now on the roster - contenders who were either too small to compete at 135 pounds, but too big to compete at 115.

The UFC will finally add a women's flyweight division with the launch of the new season of "The Ultimate Fighter" with filming set to begin in July.

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This is a major move for the promotion after UFC president Dana White insisted for months that he wasn't ready to add another division to the roster.

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. Sports that the news release had been sent in error and that the weight class has not been finalized.

This will be the fourth UFC women's division, joining strawweight, bantamweight and the recently created featherweight.

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The UFC announced plans for a women's flyweight division Wednesday.

Needless to say the announcement was met with a great deal of excitement among female fighters, but their enthusiasm was quickly dampened when Yahoo! The promotion crowned Germaine de Randamie its first female featherweight champion in February, following her decision victory over former bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

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