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Amanda Nunes Tabbed To Step In Vs. Sarah Kaufman At TUF Nations Finale

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According to a report out of Brazil by Combate, Amanda Nunes will replace Shayna Baszler and face Sarah Kaufman at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale on April 16.

Nunes was scheduled to compete a few weeks later at UFC on FOX 11 against Alexis Dufresne. No mention in the report of whether or not Dufresne will remain on the card was noted.

Baszler, an alum of The Ultimate Fighter and teammate of UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, was removed from the bout earlier this week.

Nunes (9-3) is 2-0 since joining the UFC, stopping both Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie. Kaufman (16-3) is coming off a no-contest vs. Jessica Eye that was originally ruled a loss but changed after Eye failed the post-fight drug test.

Kaufman confirmed the initial report via Twitter, posting, “I’m still fighting. Amanda has been pulled from the Orlando card to step in!! So pumped.”

Below is the current list of fights confirmed for the card:

Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy

TUF Nations Middleweight Final

TUF Nations Welterweight Final

Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke

Lightweight: Evan Dunham vs. Mark Bocek

Bantamweight: Mitch Gagnon vs. Tim Gorman

Lightweight: Sam Stout vs. KJ Noons

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Jimmo vs. Sean O’Connell

Bantamweight: George Roop vs. Dustin Kimura

Featherweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Akira Corassani

Female Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman vs. Amanda Nunes

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Good glad Kaufman gets to fight again, she’s my favorite wmma fighter. Plus it sucks because Baszler was her second opponent in a row to pull out due to an injury. She had a couple pull out, plus herself, before the Eye fight too due to injury, since losing to Ronda she’s just not had good luck keeping opponents.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This should be a pretty good fight, if Nunes is in shape and wants to use her striking. If Nunes comes in just looking for the take down she will get knocked out because only 1 lady has had success against Sarah with takedowns.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Jesus, Nunes is hurt and out too, now Leslie Smith has stepped in to fight Kaufman. Sarah has the worst luck with opponents staying healthy I swear

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Alph, Holy Crap. Smith vs Kaufmann is a great one also though as Smith did enough in there first fight to take a decision I felt and almost knocked Sarah out. Looking forward to it.


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