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

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The promotion announced Wednesday that a women's flyweight division would be established and its first champion will be determined as part of the 26th season of "The Ultimate Fighter". The UFC is inviting professionals from around the world to compete alongside anyone on its current roster who can make the weight.

A new division will be created and a new champion will emerge from the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Additionally, he said that the press release confirming the new division tournament and championship for this season was sent in error.

Women's flyweight would be the UFC's 12th weight class, and its fourth women's division.

Update: UFC Bantamweight and TUF 26 alumni has just announced via Twitter her intentions to drop to 125 and become the first Flyweight champ.

All women now on the roster are eligible to enter the 125-pound tournament, as are newcomers between the ages of 21-34 with a winning record and at least three professional fights.

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.

The move would give the UFC four female weight classes: 115, 125, 135 and 145 pounds. At time of publication, only de Randamie, Holm and Cris Cyborg are considered featherweights in the UFC.

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.