The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced a new division on Tuesday night and its inaugural title will be taking place at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 11.
After plenty of speculation and rumors about a women’s featherweight division coming to the UFC, it was confirmed by the promotion with a press release on Tuesday prior to tickets going on sale to the public later this week.
The participants in the UFC 208 women’s 145-pound title fight will be former women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.
— UFC (@ufc) December 14, 2016
The inaugural women’s featherweight championship will feature two of the best female strikers in mixed martial arts, with Holm being an 18-time boxing champion in three weight classes and de Randamie being a three-time world Muay Thai champ.
UFC 208 takes place at the Barclays Center and will air live on pay-per-view.
The bout was not officially confirmed as the main event, so another title fight could be added soon. Rumors have indicated a featherweight unification bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway could be in the cards.
Additional bouts will be announced in the coming days.