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Why Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer Maia turned down TUF 26 opportunity

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Jennifer Maia is one of the top flyweights in the world, so why wasn’t she on the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter?

The UFC recently crowned its first women’s flyweight champion with a special edition of the company’s reality show, and Maia, the current Invicta FC 125-pound champion, was not listed as one of the contestants.

Set to defend her Invicta FC belt just seven days after Nicco Montaño won the inaugural UFC title with a decision win over Roxanne Modafferi, Maia said that she got a call from the promotion to be on the reality show, but turned down the opportunity.

"They invited me to be on The Ultimate Fighter, but since I’m the Invicta champion I thought that I don’t need to go through TUF to be in the UFC,” Maia told MMA Fighting. "Sometimes you’re not in a good day there and end up losing, and it’s not smart to leave a promotion where I’m the champion to try something.



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Post #1   12/8/17 2:59:10PM   

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I'm glad she didn't go either and am looking forward to watching her defend her belt tonite. It looks to be a tough contest and I'm hoping she comes out on top.

Post #2   12/8/17 7:59:06PM