The first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) event of 2023 is shaping up nicely.
MMA Fighting confirmed today (Tues., Oct. 18, 2022) that a clash of former Flyweight title challengers, No. 3-ranked Lauren Murphy (16-5) and No. 4-seeded Jessica Andrade (23-9), has been added to UFC 283 on Jan. 21, 2023, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event marks UFC’s first event in Brazil since early 2020 directly prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting the world down.
The fight for Andrade will be her first back in her home country since she devastatingly won the Strawweight title against Rose Namajunas in May 2019 (watch highlights). Andrade has since tried her hand at 125 pounds and found great success outside of her April 2021 title opportunity opposite Valentina Shevchenko. Defeating Amanda Lemos in a Strawweight return her last time out in April 2022 (watch highlights), Andrade rides a two-fight win streak as she heads back up in weight.
Murphy challenged Shevchenko for the Flyweight strap after Andrade and suffered a similar fate, falling via technical knockout in round four (watch highlights). “Lucky” rebounded with an impressive unanimous decision win over Miesha Tate in July 2022 at UFC Long Island.
UFC 283 has just one title fight on tap at present, but that could change as 2022 nears its close. In the first UFC tetralogy, Flyweight champions, Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno, will attempt to finally settle the score in their 1-1-1 series.
Check out the current UFC 283 line up below:
- 125 lbs.: (C)Deiveson Figueiredo vs. (IC)Brandon Moreno
- 170 lbs.: Mounir Lazzez vs. Gabriel Bonfim
- 145 lbs.: Josiane Nunes vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
- 185 lbs.: Gregory Rodrigues vs. Brad Tavares
- 205 lbs.: Maurício “Shogun” Rua vs. Ihor Potieria
- 205 lbs.: Paul Craig vs. Johnny Walker
- 135 lbs.: Ketlen Vieira vs. Raquel Pennington
- 125 lbs.: Lauren Murphy vs. Jessica Andrade
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