The lineup for the UFC’s return to Florida continues to grow with the addition of a women’s strawweight bout.
Yazmin Jauregui (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on Istela Nunes (6-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at the UFC’s Fight Night event in Orlando set for Dec. 3. A person with knowledge of the booking confirmed the matchup to MMA Junkie on Wednesday, but asked to remain anonymous because the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. The news first was reported by MMAFighting.com.
Jauregui and Nunes first were booked to fight in August, but Nunes pulled out of the bout with an injury. Jauregui fought Iasmin Lucindo, instead, for her promotional debut and won a unanimous decision.
Jauregui, a Combate Global tournament winner in 2021, stayed perfect in her pro career with the win over Lucindo. The 23-year-old from Tijuana, Mexico, has six of her nine career wins by knockout.
Nunes has been going in the opposite direction as Jauregui. She started her career 5-0, but was submitted by Angela Lee in a title challenge under the ONE Championship banner in 2017. She won her next bout in 2018, then turned her sights on the UFC. After a prolonged delay, she dropped her UFC debut in late 2021 when she was submitted by Ariane Carnelossi. In April, she lost a decision to Sam Hughes in her follow-up.
With the addition, the lineup for the UFC’s event in Orlando now includes:
Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland
Derek Brunson vs. Jack Hermansson
Tracy Cortez vs. Amanda Ribas
Darren Elkins vs. Jonathan Pearce
Matheus Nicolau vs. Matt Schnell
Eryk Anders vs. Kyle Daukaus
Marc Diakiese vs. Michael Johnson
Clay Guida vs. Scott Holtzman
Emily Ducote vs. Angela Hill
Bryan Barberena vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Yazmin Jauregui vs. Istela Nunes