Yesterday the UFC sent out a press release announcing that TUF 26 would crown a 125-pound female champ, and the organization would be going all-in female flyweights. It sounded cool, I mean, there are tons of female fighters on the roster who were too big for strawweight and too small for bantamweight, so this would be the place to see them shine.
But then the UFC backed off on that announcement, and said the press release was sent in error. What the hell…?
A UFC press release announcing the women’s flyweight division’s debut as part of The Ultimate Fighter 26 was sent in error Wednesday evening, a UFC official confirmed with MMA Fighting.
The release, sent by UFC public relations to media Wednesday, announced that tryouts would be held for TUF 26 on May 23 in Las Vegas. The invitation would be for women’s 125-pound fighters and the season of the show would crown the first-ever UFC women’s flyweight champion, the release stated.
“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 release said. “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.”
However, a UFC official told MMA Fighting on Wednesday that it is not a done deal. It is being considered, but any announcement was premature, the official said. UFC president Dana White told the same thing to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.