The first women’s flyweight bout in the history of the UFC is set for June 18, as one-time strawweight title contender Valerie Letourneau meets Joanne Calderwood at Ottawa’s UFC Fight Night 89.
The UFC calls the bout a "special flyweight attraction", not "the launch of a new division". However, the promotion revealed they are "looking into possibly opening a women’s flyweight division in the future."
Letourneau (8-4) competed as a flyweight and bantamweight before joining the UFC in 2015. The Canadian fighter won back-to-back fights with Jessica Rakoczy and Maryna Moroz to earn a shot at the UFC title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, losing via unanimous decision.
Calderwood (10-1) fought the majority of her MMA fights at 115 pounds, and entered the UFC after competing at TUF 20. The Scottish fighter holds 2-1 Octagon record with decision wins over Seo Hee Ham and Cortney Casey.
UFC Fight Night 89 takes place at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada, and features a welterweight clash between Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson in the main event.