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

UFC announce TUF 26 will launch new flyweight division for women

The UFC sent out a press release yesterday announcing the creation of a new women's 125lb flyweight division, only to then backtrack just a few hours later by stating that it's not actually been finalized yet.

The 125-pound division would be the second female weight class added to the UFC in 2017.

Seasoned flyweight fighters are invited to audition for TUF Season 26 as the UFC aim to crown a new champion by the end of the season which begins filming in July. 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.

Under the current divisions, fighters have to either compete "undersize" in the Bantamweight at 135lbs, or endure a disgusting weight cut to drop to the 116lbs Strawweight limit.

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The announcement was met with praise by fellow women's fighters in the organization, including Lauren Murphy, who on Twitter expressed interest in competing in the upcoming season if the division becomes a reality. The tryouts are also open to current UFC competitors that can make 125 pounds throughout the season. Despite those claims, several top women's fighters have been clamoring for the chance to compete in a more natural weight class at 125-pounds rather than fighting up at bantamweight or moving down to strawweight.

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

The UFC is introducing a 12th weight class.

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