A matchup between UFC strawweight rising star Cheyanne Vlismas and Tabatha Ricci is reportedly booked for October 1st.
AG Fight was among the first to report the news.
Vlismas, a former standout on Dana White‘s Contender Series in 2020, rebounded from a UFC debut loss to Montserrat Ruiz in March 2021 with back-to-back wins. She most recently defeated Mallory Martin via a unanimous decision last December.
Before earning a shot in the UFC, Vlismas enjoyed brief stints in LFA and BTC. Her win over Martin also earned her a ‘Fight of the Night’ $50k performance bonus.
Vlismas will face a tough challenge in the form of the fellow prospect Ricci, who is coming off of two-straight wins over Polyana Viana and Maria Oliveira. Like Vlismas, she earned a shot in the UFC following success in LFA.
Ricci’s lone defeat in her MMA career came against Manon Fiorot last June.
Vlismas/Ricci will be a part of an October 1st Fight Night event with a to-be-determined location and venue. The card also features a lightweight matchup between UFC veteran Vinc Pichel against Jesse Ronson, along with a bantamweight battle between Leah Letson and Chelsea Chandler.
The card’s main event is expected to be announced in the coming months.
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