The coaches for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter have been announced as Justin Gathje and ex-UFC champ Eddie Alvarez.
Filming for the reality show began Wednesday in Las Vegas and is expected to run six weeks. The Ultimate Fighter 26 will feature the debut of women’s flyweights, with the show’s finale crowning a new “TUF” champion and the inaugural women’s flyweight champ.
Tryouts for the 26th season of the show took place in May, drawing 46 applicants, including former Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak (10-2), “TUF 18” cast member Roxanne Modafferi (21-13) and four-time UFC veteran Lauren Murphy (9-3 MMA).
White said the addition of a new UFC division will prompt fighters from the smaller strawweight class and bigger bantamweight class to migrate.
“We’re pretty confident that we’re going to have a packed division. … I think there are enough talented women to make three good divisions,” he said.
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