A top-10 fight between Jessica Andrade and Erin Blanchfield has just been announced for the main event of UFC Fight Night 219 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, per the UFC.
Blanchfield was previously scheduled to face Taila Santos. However, Santos withdrew from the fight as two of her cornermen struggled with visa issues, having them denied multiple times.
This fight takes place in the Women's Flyweight (125 lbs) division.
Jessica Andrade holds a professional record of 24-9 (15-7 UFC). She is ranked #3 Women's Flyweight and has notable wins over Rose Namajunas, Cynthia Calvillo, and Amanda Lemos.
Erin Blanchfield has a professional record of 10-1 (4-0 UFC) and is currently ranked #10 at Women's Flyweight, holding notable victories over Kay Hansen, Molly McCann, and Miranda Maverick.
Official odds for this bout have yet to be released.
Jessica Andrade is coming off a shutout decision victory over Lauren Murphy at UFC 283 in January. Andrade beat her across all three rounds, clearly out striking her. She'll make a quick turnaround against Blachfield, looking to use her dangerous striking and submission game to secure the victory.
Erin Blanchfield is currently riding a seven-fight win streak spanning the UFC and Invicta FC. In her last fight at UFC 281, she dominated Molly McCann with her wrestling en route to a first-round kimura victory. She'll look to use her wrestling background to take down the hard-hitting Andrade.
This is an exciting and important bout in the Women's Flyweight division, with the winner likely facing a top-5 opponent next. Who do you have winning this matchup? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your prediction in the comments below.