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UFC Introduces Female Strawweights, Sets TUF To Crown Champion

UFC Introduces Female Strawweights, Sets TUF To Crown Champion

UFC officials confirmed plans to bring in female strawweight fighters, signing 11 from Invicta FC on Wednesday.

The promotion also announced plans for the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter to be used as an all-female season, with the winner becoming the first-ever UFC female strawweight champion.

“The women’s 135-pound division in the UFC has been amazing and we know there are a ton of talented women’s mixed martial artists out there,” UFC president Dana White said. “Now, you’ll see even more great women’s bouts in the UFC with the addition of the 115-pound division. We’re excited to crown the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight champion in 2014 after a historic season of The Ultimate Fighter.”

Eleven fighters were signed, including Carla Esparza, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Joanne Calderwood, Tecia Torres, Rose Namajunas, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Alex Chambers, Julianna Lima and Paige Van Zant.

The coaches for TUF have yet to be announced, while five other fighters will be selected from an open tryout scheduled for 2014 to complete the 16-fighter field.

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