On August 30th, The Ultimate Fighter will return to television for it’s twenty-sixth season to deliver fight fans a combination of mixed martial arts action and reality television drama. This season’s coaches Eddie Alvarez (28-5) and Justin Gaethje (18-0) will look to guide female flyweight stars toward the inaugural (and long-awaited) UFC flyweight championship.
Prior to TUF 26’s premiere, WMMA Rankings will be analyzing each flyweight hopeful. Scroll down to learn more about more about Barb “Little Warrior” Honchack!
The upcoming flyweight season of TUF features quite a few MMA newcomers and some relatively unknown names…Barb Honchak (10-2) is not one of them. Honchack, who turned pro in 2009, is one of the most highly-touted and battle-tested competitors entering this season.
Born and raised in Illinois, Honchack racked up an impressive record of 8-1 in the amateur circuit before turning pro. The sole blemish on her amateur record comes via split decision from UFC’s Jessica Eye.
As a professional, Honchak’s record stands at 10-2. She debuted for King of the Cage in 2009, defeating Monica Lovato via submission. Following her successful pro debut, Honchack lost back-to-back fights in 2010– a unanimous decision to UFC bantamweight contender Cat Zingano and a split-decision to UFC strawweight Angela Magana. She followed up those losses with a nine-fight win streak, during which she captured the Invicta FC flyweight title. She holds victories over the likes of Felice Herring, Nina Ansaroff, Roxanne Modafferi, Aisling Daly, Leslie Smith, and Vanessa Porto.
Despite a successful run, Honchack was stripped of the Invicta FC flyweight title in September of 2016 due to inactivity. She last fought in 2014, defeating Takayo Hashi by unanimous decision.
Outside of fighting, Honchack enjoys the outdoors. Growing up she participated in horseback riding and scuba diving amongst other physical activities. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and a Master’s Degree in both Ecology and Genetics.
Three years after her last fight, Honchack returns and looks to stake her claim in UFC’s flyweight division.
Are you excited to see Barb back in action?