An elite top-10 matchup between Taila Santos and Erin Blachfield has been announced for UFC Fight Night 219 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, per the UFC.
This fight was previously scheduled as the co-main event but has since been bumped up to the main event slot. This change is because the previous main event, Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Vera, was rescheduled to UFC on ESPN 43 on March 25th.
This fight takes place in the Women's Flyweight (125 lbs) division.
Taila Santos holds a professional record of 19-2 (4-2 UFC) and is ranked #2 at Women's Flyweight. She has notable victories over Molly McCann, Gillian Robertson, and Roxanne Modafferi.
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 have yet to be released.
Taila Santos is coming off a razor-thin split decision loss to the Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko, with many fans believing she won the fight. Santos showcased her elite wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu against Shevchenko but will be looking to showcase her elite striking more this time, supported by her ten knockout victories.
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 do the same to the highly-ranked Santos in this matchup.
This is a significant bout in the Women's Flyweight division, and now the fight is five rounds, it holds even more weight to it, with the winner having a big chance at challenging for the Flyweight title next. So who do you have winning this matchup? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your prediction in the comments below.