Let's try this again.
After injuries to both Shayna Baszler and Amanda Nunes, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will now send Octagon newcomer Leslie Smith to face Sarah Kaufman at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" live finale, which takes place on April 16, 2014, inside Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada, on FOX Sports 1.
UFC announced the booking earlier today.
Kaufman (16-2) has been in the headlines these past few months thanks to her split-decision loss to Jessica Eye, which was recently overturned and ruled a "no decision" by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (details). Wiping the "Evil" slate clean keeps her in the win column, having last outpointed -- you guessed it -- Leslie Smith at Invicta 5.
Will history repeat itself in Quebec?
Smith (6-4) rebounded from her loss to Kaufman with a unanimous decision win over Jennifer Maia last July; however, she was unable to keep herself in the win column in her next fight against the venerable Barb Honchak, who cruised to a sweep on the judges' scorecards.
Time to rise to the occasion.
TUF: "Nations" finale will be headlined by the Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy grudge match, as well as the co-headliner between season coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke. In addition, tournament champions will be crowned in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
For the current TUF: "Nations" fight card and rumors click here.