With Marlon Vera vs. Cory Sandhagen moved to UFC San Antonio, this month’s UFC Vegas 69 has a brand new primary occasion.
On Friday, UFC officers introduced that the ladies’s flyweight match-up between Taila Santos (19-2) and Erin Blanchfield (10-1) had been promoted to headline the present. The cardboard takes place February 18, 2023 on the Apex in Las Vegas.
Flyweights takes the highest spot on the marquee!💥
Taila Santos vs @Blanchfield_MMA occurs Saturday, Feb 18! #UFCVegas69 pic.twitter.com/TcmhPSrV7i
— UFC (@ufc) February 3, 2023
The battle matches up the #2 and #10 ranked ladies’s flyweights within the firm, whereas additionally representing the primary primary occasion project for each fighters.
Santos will likely be combating for the primary time since her loss to Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight title, in a really aggressive outing at UFC 275 final June. Regardless of dropping a break up choice, she turned heads with a efficiency that gave Shevchenko her hardest take a look at in years — main many to name for a rematch.
That rematch isn’t occurring, with Shevchenko as a substitute dealing with Alexa Grasso subsequent. However one other high-profile win may depart her subsequent in line.
Blanchfield is undefeated since arriving within the UFC, successful her first 4 fights within the promotion. Most not too long ago, she submitted Molly McCann at UFC 281.
UFC Vegas 69 presently has the next fights reported for it:
Taila Santos vs. Erin Blanchfield
Lina Länsberg vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Philipe Lins
Nazim Sadykhov vs. Evan Elder
A.J. Fletcher vs. Themba Gorimbo
Juancamilo Ronderos vs. Clayton Carpenter
Jim Miller vs. Gabriel Benítez
William Knight vs. Marcin Prachnio
Josh Parisian vs. Jamal Pogues
Jordan Wright vs. Zac Pauga