People have been asking for a women’s flyweight division in the UFC for ages, and a press release on Wednesday from the premier MMA organization, seemed to suggest that we were finally getting one.
The press release said that a 125lb division for women would come to fruition on season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter, with a new champion being crowned at the end of the show.
The release read:
“Women’s flyweights, between the ages of 21-34 with a winning record and at least three professional fights are invited to attend the open casting call in Las Vegas. The season will also be open to females on the current UFC roster that can successfully make 125 pounds throughout the duration of the season.”
But a report on MMA Fighting, dropped the bad news that this was sent too early and nothing has been finalized yet.
The MMA news site were told on Wednesday, that any announcement was too early, and the proposition is still being considered by the top brass.
This news comes not long after Bellator announced the signing of Valerie Letourneau, and the start of their own flyweight division, is this the UFC, although not confirming it at present, accepting the need for another women’s division.
It does mark a move in the right direction for the UFC, with women’s fighters previously only having the 115lb and 135lb division in which to compete, and the weight cut, or gain depending on the class was difficult for some, even leading to Cris Cyborg having to fight in catch weight bouts, as struggled to make the 135lb limit.
But with the inclusion of a featherweight division earlier in the year, that saw Germaine De Randamie beat Holly Holm to lift the inaugural title. But the inclusion of a flyweight division, is the one fighters and fans alike have been crying out for.
Not only will they be able to build a division around current 115lb and 135lb fighters, with even current 115lb champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk stating in the past she would like to fight at 125lbs. But with a unique partnership with Invicta, could the UFC come calling for some of their talent as they have in the past.
Like I say even with the early release of a press release. Nothing is set in stone at the minute, but hopefully the UFC will look at it and decide to go ahead with the idea, as opposed to the original idea for TUF 26, which was calling for women at 115lb and 135lb and Men at 185lb.