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Another talented Invicta Fighting Championships competitor has been plucked to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
On Wednesday, Sportskeeda reported that Erin Blanchfield (6-1) will be fighting in the UFC for the first time, replacing Bea Malecki against Norma Dumont (5-1). ESPN and Blanchfield have both confirmed this news on Thursday, with Blanchfield moving up to the bantamweight division at UFC on ABC 2. The career flyweight will be appearing on April 10 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The Invicta standout rebounded from her first career loss in 2019 – a split decision defeat to Tracy Cortez – by finishing Gabriella Gulfin and Victoria Leonardo. Most recently, “Cold Blooded” captured a unanimous verdict over Brogan Walker-Sanchez in July 2020. Her stoppage of current UFC fighter Leonardo came from a head kick, earning Blanchfield at the time the fifth head-kick knockout in Invicta history. Each of the 21-year-old’s past bouts have all come in the flyweight division.
Former featherweight Dumont dropped down to 135 pounds after a resounding knockout loss to Megan Anderson in early 2020. Although Dumont was failed to reach the 136-pound cap by a wide margin in her last time out, she did prevail by taking a decision over Ashlee Evans-Smith in November. “The Immortal” came into the promotion with a young 4-0 record, and her two finishes had come by first-round rear-naked choke.
There is still no headliner set for the second venture on to the ABC network for the UFC. The appropriately titled UFC on ABC 2 will take place on April 10 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, and while Marvin Vettori is looking for a dance partner, other intriguing matchups include Sodiq Yusuff vs. Arnold Allen at featherweight, and Kyle Daukaus against Aliaskhab Khizriev in the middleweight division.