It took some hard work from Sean Shelby, but Sarah Kaufman now has a new opponent for the TUF: Nations Finale. The Victoria, BC native will now be taking on Brazilian bruiser Amanda Nunes in a women’s bantamweight bout on the card.
The UFC’s Canadian Twitter account announced the news earlier today.
Sarah Kaufman (16-2, 1 N/C) is a former Strikeforce Women’s Champion, and has one of the best overall records of any woman currently in the UFC. Last seen losing a contentious split decision to Jessica Eye at UFC 166 – which was later overturned due to Eye testing positive for marijuana metabolites – Kaufman has been preparing for her first bout on home soil since 2011. Will she be able to get a victory over Nunes in her first fight in Canada in 3 years?
Amanda “Lioness” Nunes (9-3) has been busy since joining the UFC’s roster, dispatching both Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randemie by TKO in the latter half of 2013. She was originally scheduled to fight the debuting Alexis Dufresne at UFC on FOX 11, but was removed from the card in order to ensure that Kaufman had a fight on the TUF: Nations Finale. Will Nunes be able to go 3-0 in the UFC with a victory over Kaufman?
The TUF: Nations Finale goes down on April 16th from the Pepsi Centre in Quebec City, QC. The main event features quick-witted former sniper Tim Kennedy taking on the brash Brit Michael Bisping in a middleweight contest. Stay tuned to MMASucka for more on this and other events.