Looks like all the women from the UFC's 18th season of the Ultimate fighter will definitely be getting at least on fight in the octagon. The UFC has confirmed that longtime top ten women's bantamweight fighter and TUF 18 competitor, Shayna Baszler will be making her UFC debut this April at the TUF Nations Finale. Baszer is set to face former Strikeforce Champion Sarah Kaufman, no word yet as to whether the bout will be part of the main card or the prelims.
Kaufman comes into this fight off a surprising upset loss, now turned no-decision to Jessica Eye. It was a close bout that many felt Kaufman won (although I don't recall being particularly swayed to that view at the time) but following the emergence of a rare Texas drug test unicorn, that Bloody Elbow has confirmed busted Eye for Marijuana metabolites, that loss for Kaufman has now been overturned. Kaufman is still several years removed from her last dominant performance, over Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce Challengers in 2011, so this fight should pose a real test for her.
Baszler is coming off her unofficial performances on the Ultimate Fighter 18 where she beat Colleen Schneider in the opening round before losing to eventual TUF champion Juliana Pena. Outside of TUF competition she spent a year and a half away from the sport between 2010 and 2012 after being unable to secure several fights on the independent circuit. Since returning in 2012, she's 1-2 with a win over Sarah D'Alelio and losses to Sara McMann and Alexis Davis. While Baszler has only tended to lose to the very best competition in wmma, she is coming in to this fight with quite a lot to prove after a relatively poor showing on the Ultimate fighter, where many considered her the odds on favorite to win.
The TUF Nations Finale will take place on April 16th in Quebec City, Quebec. Here's a look at the card so far:
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- Jessica Eye's failed drug test was for marijuana, not blood thinners
- UFC 171: Thiago Silva out, Nikita Krylov in against Ovince St. Preux
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