Addition of Women’s Flyweight Division to UFC Not Official, Despite Announcement

By Tristen Critchfield May 4, 2017
The women’s flyweight division hasn’t found a home in the UFC just yet.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced on Wednesday evening that “The Ultimate Fighter 26” would launch the women’s flyweight division and crown an inaugural champion at the conclusion of the season. However, UFC President Dana White later told Yahoo Sports that the release was sent in error and the promotion had not finalized the addition of a 125-pound female weight class.

Although the UFC had not retracted its original release via email as of Thursday morning, the announcement was removed from the organization’s website. Multiple outlets have since confirmed White’s comments.

The addition of a flyweight division would give the UFC four female weight classes. The promotion added a women’s featherweight division to bantamweight and strawweight earlier this year. Germaine de Randamie claimed the inaugural 145-pound crown with a decision win over Holly Holm at UFC 208.

Although the weight classes it will feature remains unclear, “TUF 26” is scheduled to begin filming in July and will debut on Fox Sports 1 later this year.

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