'The Ultimate Fighter 26' to crown first UFC women's flyweight champion

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On Wednesday, the UFC announced that Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter would introduce the long awaited women's 125-pound division, with the victor becoming the inaugural UFC women's flyweight champion.

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 for TUF 26 in Las Vegas on May 23.

The UFC may be set to close the gap in its women's divisions with a new 125-pound class.

However, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo!

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News of the division class comes just a few months after the promotion introduced its third women's division, the featherweights.

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.

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. With this new fourth Flyweight division, 125lb fighters will be able to compete at a much healthier and more equitable weight. 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. The promotion crowned Germaine de Randamie its first female featherweight champion in February, following her decision victory over former bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

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