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All 11 Invicta Strawweights heading to TUF 20 will get paid for winning two before filming

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Following up news of TUF 20 featuring a new division of women's Strawweights, the UFC revealed that they'll be paying all the fighters moving from Invicta win and show money for two fights prior to filming.

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Last night, UFC president Dana White surprised a lot of people when he announced that the organization had picked up 11 Strawweight contracts from Invicta. Additionally, White said the 115 lbers will be featured on season 20 of The Ultimate fighter which will start filming in May. It will be the first TUF season to feature an exclusively female cast.

Following the original announcement, more information was brought to light on Fox Sports Live. Ariel Helwani reported it on Twitter:

Obviously, this is great for the Strawweight acquisitions. If the UFC weren't paying them like this, all eleven women would be on the shelf and uncompensated until the conclusion of TUF 20 late next fall.

Here's the full list of the fighters the UFC picked up, the 5 remaining tournament spots will be filled by an open tryout coming in 2014:

Carla Esparza
Claudia Gadelha
Alex Chambers
Felice Herrig
Bec Hyatt
Emily Kagan
Julianna Lima
Rose Namajunas
Tecia Torres
Paige Van Zandt
Joanne Calderwood