With the announcement that Shayna Baszler had been forced to withdraw from her anticipated match-up against Sarah Kaufman, Brazil's Amanda Nunes has stepped in to face the Canadian at the TUF: Nations finale.
The UFC has revealed the change on Thursday afternoon.
British Columbia's Sarah Kaufman was scheduled to face TUF 18 veteran Baszler in what would mark her first fight since a razor-thin spit decision loss to Jessica Eye. While the loss was eventually overturned to a 'no contest' following Eye's suspension for marijuana metabolites, Kaufman will be looking for her first victory inside the octagon on April 16. The Victoria native has only lost two professional fights in her career, both of which were via submission, to Marloes Coenen and Ronda Rousey.
Amanda Nunes holds a 9-3 record overall and is 2-0 since debuting in the UFC, with victories over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie. Both those fights ended in first round TKO stoppages. The Salvador native was originally scheduled to meet Alexis Dufresne at the UFC on FOX 11 fight card just three days after the TUF: Nations finale, but a Dufresne injury put her on the sidelines and freed up Nunes to take this bout.
The organization did not disclose any information regarding Baszler's injury or her expected timetable for recovery.
The TUF Nations Finale takes place April 16 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.