By Sean Ross Sapp
UFC President Dana White dropped a huge bombshell on a Wednesday conference call, as he announced the UFC will be adopting a 115 pound Women’s Strawweight division.
However, it was also announced the competitors would comprise The Ultimate Fighter 20 cast, with the winner becoming the first ever UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion.
The fighters will include Carla Esparza, Claudia Gadelha, Alex Chambers, Felice Herrig, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Julianna Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige Van Zandt, Joanne Calderwood. An open tryout will be held for the remainder of the sports.
Dana White also mentioned that male fighters are likely to coach the show, although he didn’t mention who those coaches would be.
Regarding how this affects Invicta, the all-female promotion in which currently houses these fighters, Dana White left the door open to work with them in the future, but not purchasing them. ”Buying Invita wouldn’t do the sport any good, wouldn’t do anyone any good. No sense in buying business which is growing”, said White.
With the UFC expanding significantly, launching additions to the UFC.tv brand, and attempting to keep The Ultimate Fighter series relevant to fans, this is a huge move.
The 115-pound women’s division is already strong, and the UFC has snatched up all of the top fighters. This will add some major star power to fight cards across the board.
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