We noted on the Around the Ring podcast last week that a press release was prematurely issued by UFC announcing the formation of a women’s flyweight division. Tuesday, the company issued the press release formally on their website to announce that an inaugural women’s flyweight champion will be crowned during “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”
The division will be the fourth women’s weight class that the UFC offers, joining strawweight (115 lbs), bantamweight (135 lbs), and featherweight (145 lbs). In the release, UFC noted that all current female fighters on the roster are eligible to participate if they can maintain weight throughout the duration of the season. Newcomers are also welcome, provided that they have had a minimum of three professional fights and are between the ages of 21-34. Tryouts are scheduled for May 23 starting at 8AM at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, and more details on those tryouts can also be found on UFC’s website.
“The Ultimate Fighter 26” is scheduled to film in July, with the show premiering on FOXSports 1 later this year.