UFC Launches Women’s Strawweight Division; Crown Champ on The Ultimate Fighter


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Las Vegas, Nev. – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that the Invicta FC women’s mixed martial arts organization has assigned the contracts of 11 women’s strawweight (115 pounds) competitors to the UFC. Terms of the assignment were not disclosed.

The 11 fighters 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.

In May, these 11 competitors will report to Las Vegas and participate on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter® in the first-ever all-women’s edition of the show. And for the first time ever, The Ultimate Fighter® will crown a UFC champion, as the winner of season 20 will become the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

Coaches for the show have not yet been determined. An additional five fighters will be selected for The Ultimate Fighter via a tryout set to be held in 2014.

“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.

11 Responses to “ UFC Launches Women’s Strawweight Division; Crown Champ on The Ultimate Fighter ”

  1. Woodrow says:

    Randa Markos 4-0 Canada’s #1 ranked 115 lb female.
    She should be in the mix very soon!!!

    MTC windsor under Rino Belcastro

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  2. Rino Belcastro says:

    Randa has been working hard day in and day out to one day hopefully get her chance to prove that she belongs with the best. Her training partners right now at are an all time high as she continues to sparr. We are very lucky in are surroundings, as her sparring/ training partners are females who are world professional boxing champs and national/world level ammy’s. Where she is more than handling her own. Combine that with a pair of teenage boys that have won world championships in jitz and kickboxing as well The top wrestlers in the province. Have given her the perfect camp to prepare and compete with the worlds best.

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  3. It would be great to see Randa in the UFC.

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  4. Saber Rider says:

    Stephanie Essensa from Red Deer would be nice to see in the UFC after a few years on the local pro circuit. That Arashi Do Red Deer team is making waves.

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  5. chapman says:

    I’m way more excited for this division then the 135 pound girls division, Torres, felice, calderone

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  6. Canadian Fight Fan says:

    I think Essensa will struggle to find opponents on local circuit but hopefully I am wrong would love to see female pro mma get a boost also in Canada.

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  7. Woodrow says:

    If essenza needs a f

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  8. Woodrow says:

    Fill in randa is ready on short notice

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  9. Rino Belcastro says:

    Randa is always in fight shape. We accepted a fight for today last Wed vs highly regarded undefeated ammy opponent and undefeated muay thai fighter that got turned on a short camp.

    When you here about holly holms and the much added press surrounding her right now. randa was able to match a win that both have on the records in Allana Jones both defeating her by the 2nd rnd. Randa took this fight at 135lbs

    Randa has the ability/potential in this wide open impressive 115 division to be the unknown canadian girl to hold the belt as every girl in the house will need some luck to win this thing.

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  10. smash says:

    There’s women in the UFC?

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  11. Marv says:

    No 125 pound division?

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