The Las Vegas-based fight promotion made the announcement on Thursday, but pointed out that the “special flyweight attraction” isn’t the launch of a new women’s division within the organization. A women’s 125-pound division could materialize in the future, and the UFC is open to the possibility.
“UFC officials are looking into possibly opening a women’s flyweight division in the future, but until the time when or if such a division is permanently announced, there remain two women’s divisions (bantamweight and strawweight) and there will be no rankings set up for a 125-pound women’s class,” read the UFC’s announcement.
Calderwood (9-1) rebounded from her first career loss to Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night 64 with a win and Fight of the Night performance at UFC Fight Night 72. The Scottish striker hopes to usher in the women’s 125-pound weight class with a historic win.
Letourneau (8-4) is looking to bounce back from her loss to strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk in her last outing. She holds a win over Moroz, who handed Calderwood her first career defeat.
UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson takes place on June 18 at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The event is headlined by a welterweight match between contenders Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson.