History will be made in September as the women will fight on a UFC card in Abu Dhabi for the first time.
Scottish flyweight Joanne Calderwood will face American Andrea Lee, while Liana Jojua squares up against Canada’s Sarah Moras.
It will be Calderwood’s tenth UFC fight when she steps into the Octagon on September 7, with a quick turnaround from her last bout – a controversial points loss to Katlyn Chookagian just last month.
The defeat meant Jojo, who is ranked fifth in the flyweight division, slipped to an overall MMA record of 13-4 – and halted the momentum she has on the back of a couple of impressive wins.
By contrast, opponent Andrea Lee comes into the fight on the back of a seven-fight win streak, with three of those victories in the UFC.
Ranked seventh in the division, Lee will see this as the perfect opportunity to break into the top five, and potentially be a win or two away from the title picture.
Georgian prospect Liana Jojua will be making her UFC debut when she steps into the cage in Abu Dhabi.
The 24-year-old is unbeaten in her last five fights, and has a 7-2 record overall. Something of a submission expert, Jojua has finished five of her seven wins via tap out.
Her opponent Sarah Moras has lost her last three in the UFC, and four of her last five. In 2015 she took current strawweight champ Jessica Andrade the distance, but has failed to establish herself in the division since.
Her last outing in May ended in a TKO defeat to Macy Chiasson.
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