The UFC is opening up their strawweight division in epic fashion by infusing “The Ultimate Fighter” with nothing but female, straw weight fighters. Dana White announced this tonight as the UFC is bringing over 11 fighters from Invicta FC as part of the 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Coming over from Invicta: Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Juilianna Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige Van Zant, and Joanne Caldwerood.
Five more names will be selected as part of open tryouts for the show to join the 11.
If this sounds familiar it’s not exactly a new idea for the show that’s been had by the UFC. The only live season of the show, season 15, was originally slated to be the launch of the flyweight division in a similar manner. While that plan was later mixed for lightweights, of course, it remained an intriguing concept and it’s interesting to see the UFC implement it.
So far the plan is for men to coach the ladies; no coaches have been announced, however.
Tags: Mixed Martial Arts, The Ultimate Fighter