Amanda Nunes fills in for Baszler, meets Sarah Kaufman at TUF Nations Finale
Less than two weeks before the card, Sarah Kaufman has her new opponent for the TUF Nations Finale.
Amanda Nunes (9-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has answered the call and will fill in for Shayna Baszler (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) against Kaufman (16-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials announced the change Thursday afternoon.
The TUF Nations Finale takes place April 16 at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The event serves as the live finale for “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” reality competition series. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Alptekin Ozkilic out of UFC Fight Night 39 bout with Dustin Ortiz
An injury has wiped out a flyweight bout at next week’s UFC card in Abu Dhabi and taken the show down to nine fights.
Alptekin Ozkilic (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is out of his fight against Dustin Ortiz (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Due to the late nature of the injury, no new opponent will be sought for Ortiz. UFC officials announced the injury on Thursday and said Ortiz will find a home on a new card against a new opponent.
UFC Fight Night 39 takes place April 11 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It will be the promotion’s first visit to the region since UFC 112 in 2010. The card streams on UFC Fight Pass.
MacDonald vs. Woodley, 'Feijao' vs. Bader in the works for UFC 174
The title picture should come into focus after UFC 174 in Vancouver on June 14. MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1 that while not quite official, it's highly likely Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley will square off in a key divisional showdown.
Another bout expected for Vancouver is a light heavyweight showdown between Ryan Bader and Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. Bader (16-4), the Ultimate Fighter 10 champ, has won two of his past three bouts; Cavalcante (12-4, 1 NC) was last seen in November, when he defeated Igor Pokrajac via first-round submission.