A woman who fans were surprised to not see on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter is Invicta FC star and LFA flyweight champion, Andrea Lee. TUF 26 which will crown the UFC’s first ever women’s flyweight champion premiered three weeks ago.
Lee (7-2) is currently the number-seven ranked flyweight fighter in the world, according to the WMMA world rankings. She owns notable victories over TUF 26 cast-members Ariel Beck and Rachael Ostovich. The 28-year-old recently appeared on The MMA Hour and explained to Ariel Helwani why she did not try out for the opportunity to become the first ever UFC flyweight champion.
“I didn’t think that it was in my best interest to go and try out a couple days after my fight [at Invicta FC 23] and my back is also kind of injured,” Lee said. “We figured that it would just be better for me to wait and come into the UFC in a more conventional way.”
The Karate Mafia standout is unsure when the UFC will come calling, however in the meantime she plans to continue fighting for Invicta FC and Legacy Fighting Alliance.
“I don’t know really,” Lee said. “Like I said, I am planning on fighting again with Invicta on one of their next events. If I haven’t been called to the UFC by then, then I’ll be fighting again for LFA to defend my title or maybe I’ll get another fight with Invicta, whatever one comes first. We’re playing it by ear.”
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Lee will return to action on September 22 at Legacy Fighting Alliance 23 when she attempts to defend her flyweight title against Jamie Thorton. The event will be aired live on AXS TV from the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana, United States.