UFC adds 115-pound female division

Ronda Rousey hits Liz Carmouche during their UFC Bantamweight Title fight at Honda Center on...

Ronda Rousey hits Liz Carmouche during their UFC Bantamweight Title fight at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 9:32 PM ET

The UFC will soon have a lighter women’s division and use the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter to crown its first champion.

Eleven fighters from Invicta FC had their contracts “assigned” to the UFC to make up the new strawweight (115 pounds) division. Those 11 fighters, plus another five who will be picked through tryouts, will appear on the first all-women’s edition of TUF starting in May, with the winner getting the UFC strawweight belt.

“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.”

The 11 fighters the UFC picked up are Carla Esparza, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Joanne Calderwood, Tecia Torres, Rose Namajunas, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Alex Chambers, Julianna Lima, and Paige Van Zant.

Ronda Rousey, the UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion, will defend her title against Miesha Tate Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.


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