The UFC could be set to introduce a women’s 105-pound atomweight division within the next year along with a joint TV deal with ESPN and NBC. The news was first reported by Terez Owens, later picked up by Forbes and 411Mania.
The UFC are said to be close to inking a deal with both ESPN and NBC and are also planning on a number of further changes. New weight classes, the removal of The Ultimate Fighter and a lighter pay-per-view schedule are among the flagship changes mentioned.
The changes mentioned are as follows:
– 6 PPVs per year.
– The Ultimate Fighter replaced by the Contender Series.
– Introduction of a men’s 165lbs and women’s 105lbs weight class.
– ESPN and NBC to have exclusivity on certain fighters.
– ESPN and NBC paying to pay for production.
The atomweight division would certainly be an exciting addition to the UFC. The weight-class is constantly growing with the women putting on the most exciting fights on their respective cards. Some of the division’s most popular talents include Jinh Yu Frey, Ashley Cummins, Seo Hee Ham, Herica Tiburcio and Amber Brown. Current UFC strawweights, Michelle Waterson and Jessica Penne, where two of the division’s top stars before signing to the organization’s strawweight division.
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