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Miesha Tate vs. Lauren Murphy Flyweight fight targeted for UFC 273 on April 9 in Brooklyn

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate, will be moving down to the Flyweight division for her next fight inside the Octagon. And “Cupcake” is in line to face Lauren Murphy at UFC 273 in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 9, 2022, according to MMA Fighting.

Verbal agreements are in place, though contracts have not officially been signed.

Tate made her return to action in July 2021 after a five-year hiatus to defeat Marion Reneau via third-round technical knockout. In her follow up fight against Ketlen Vieira four months later, Tate came up short via unanimous decision. Now, the former 135-pound queenpin will look to get back on track in a new weight class.

Murphy is currently ranked No. 3 at 125 pounds on the official UFC rankings and is coming off a loss to current division champion, Valentina Shevchenko, at UFC 266. The loss snapped her five-fight win streak.

UFC 273 will also feature Irene Aldana taking on Aspen Ladd in a women’s Bantamweight bout. While the promotion has yet to book a headliner, there are rumblings that it could feature a Featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung. Volkanovski was set to defend his title against Max Holloway at UFC 272 one month prior, but after “Blessed” suffered an injury, the promotion had to change course.

As always, keep it tuned to MMAmania.com as more fights are confirmed for UFC 273.