This slot on the card was originally intended to be filled by Maycee Barber facing Montana De La Rosa. After De La Rosa had to pull out, Blanchfield was picked as the short-notice replacement. Now, Maverick has stepped up to replace Barber.
Though Barber vs. Blanchfield had become the plan, an overwhelming number of people believe Maverick was the rightful winner of her bout against Barber at July’s UFC on ESPN: Sandhagaen vs. Dillashaw event. Aside from that controversial loss, Maverick has won her last five UFC bouts. She is currently 2-1 in the promotion.
Her opponent, Erin Blanchfield, is a 22-year-old upstart, who is only two years younger than the 24-year-old Maverick. Blanchfield is currently riding a four-fight winning streak and made a successful UFC debut in September when topping Sarah Alpar.
With this change, here is the updated lineup for UFC 269 on December 11:
- Lightweight Championship Bout: Charles Oliveira (c) vs. Dustin Poirier
- Women’s Bantamweight Championship Bout: Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Julianna Peña
- Leon Edwards vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Pedro Munhoz vs. Dominick Cruz
- Cody Garbrandt vs. Kai Kara-France
- Sean O’ Malley vs. Raulian Paiva
- Geoff Neal vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
- Ryan Hall vs. Darrick Miner
- Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
- Josh Emmett vs. Dan Ige
- Miranda Maverick vs. Erin Blanchfield
- Dricus Du Plessis vs. Andre Muniz
- Gillian Robertson vs. Priscila Cachoeira
- Randy Costa vs. Tony Kelley
- Bruno Silva vs. Jordan Wright