Next week’s UFC 216 lineup will apparently have 13 fights, after all.
A women’s flyweight bout between Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) was recently removed from the card, but another female fight has been added: LFA 125-pound champion Andrea Lee (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. fellow promotional newcomer Kalindra Faria (18-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Lee tweeted news of the bout following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. UFC officials, though, haven’t made a formal announcement.
UFC 216 takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and it airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.
It’s not clear where Lee vs. Faria will be placed on the lineup, though it could take the open PPV slot in the wake of the VanZant-Eye cancellation.
Lee, a 28-year-old Texan, fought this past week and defended her LFA belt with a second-round submission victory over Jamie Thorton (watch the highlights above). It marked her first title defense. Lee, who’s also an Invicta FC vet and former Legacy FC champion, now has four straight wins.
Prior to her latest win, Lee explained why she didn’t take a spot on “The Ultimate Fighter 26,” which crowns the UFC’s inaugural flyweight champion. Lee – now proven correct – said she thought she could make it to the UFC even without a “TUF” spot.
She now meets Faria, a 31-year-old Brazilian who made her pro debut nearly nine years ago. She’s currently on a three-fight winning streak, which included a September 2016 decision victory over vet Carina Damm to claim the Titan FC wome’s bantamweight title.
Thirteen of Faria’s 18 career wins have come via stoppage.
The latest UFC 216 card includes: