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Amanda Nunes out, Leslie Smith in TUF Nations Finale bout with Sarah Kaufman

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A dislocated thumb has forced Brazilian women's bantamweight competitor Amanda Nunes to withdraw from her scheduled match-up at the TUF: Nations Finale against Sara Kaufman. Leslie Smith will step in to take her place.

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Just a few days after replacing the injured Shayna Baszler, Brazil's Amanda Nunes has been forced to withdraw from her scheduled match-up against Sarah Kaufman at the TUF: Nations Finale next Wednesday.

The women's bantamweight competitor suffered a dislocated thumb in her right hand during jiu-jitsu practice earlier today and was forced to withdraw from the event.'s Ivan Raupp was first to report the news on Tuesday afternoon.

Victoria, BC's Sarah Kaufman was scheduled to face TUF 18 veteran Shayna Baszler at the TUF: Nations Finale before Baszler was forced to bow out with undisclosed injuries. Brazil's Amanda Nunes quickly replaced Baszler, yet it now appears that she too has suffered an injury and will not be able to compete.

Her bout next week would have marked her first fight since a razor-thin spit decision loss to Jessica Eye, which was later over-turned to a no-contest when Eye was suspended by the Texas Athletic commission for testing positive for cannabinoids.

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.

With just over a week until the finale, it is unlikely that the UFC will find a suitable replacement for Kaufman.

The TUF: Nations Finale takes place April 16 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

UPDATE - MMA Rising reports that Leslie Smith has stepped up on short notice to fight Kaufman. Smith (6-4-1) lost a close split decision to Kaufman at Invicta FC 5 one year ago.