Two changes have recently been made to UFC’s upcoming April 17th card. The new matchups are scheduled to happen during UFC “Fight Night” at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
LFA Champion Godinez Steps In To Face Penne
LFA Strawweight Champion Lupita Godinez will get her UFC debut on April 17th, fighting returning strawweight Jessica Penne. Per a report from Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of MMA Junkie, Godinez will be replacing Hannah Goldy, who has withdrawn from a matchup.
Godinez is getting the call-up after earning the LFA Strawweight Championship last year. Godinez fought for five rounds against Vanessa Demopoulos in October, fighting to a unanimous decision after 25 minutes of action.
The fight was Godinez’s fifth pro win, keeping her undefeated as a pro.
Penne gets the new matchup for what should be her return to action. Penne was first scheduled to make her return on March 27th against Hannah Goldy, although the fight was later moved forward due to a COVID-19 test. With Goldy withdrawing from the new date, Penne was matched with Godinez.
Penne has not fought since 2017, as injuries and battles with the USADA drug testing system have kept her out of the cage.
Nunes To Make UFC Debut Against Fairn
Josiane Nunes will make her UFC debut in April, fighting Zarah Fairn in a bantamweight bout. The matchup was first reported by L’Equipe in March.
Nunes is making her UFC debut after putting together a six-fight win streak on the regional scene. She earned her last win in November, defeating Quezia Zbonik via stoppage, per Tapology.
Fairn will be making the drop down to bantamweight after losing two UFC fights at featherweight. Her most recent bout was in early 2020, where she was stopped within a round Felicia Spencer.
UFC’s April 17th card is currently set to be headlined by middleweights Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.
Bout 12: Robert Whittaker (22-5) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (17-6) (Middleweight)
Bout 11: Gerald Meerschaert (31-14) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (15-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 10: Chase Sherman (15-6) vs. Parker Porter (11-6) (Heavyweight)
Bout 9: Tracy Cortez (8-1) vs. Justine Kish (7-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Natan Levy (6-0) vs. Austin Hubbard (12-5) (Lightweight)
Bout 7: Tony Gravely (20-6) vs. Nate Maness (13-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 6: Jeremy Stephens (28-18) vs. Drakkar Klose (11-2-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 5: Luis Pena (8-3) vs. Alex Munoz (6-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Ricardo Ramos (14-3) vs. Bill Algeo (14-5) (Featherweight)
Bout 3: Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-3) vs. Jacob Malkoun (4-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 2: Zarah Fairn (6-4) vs. Josiane Nunes (7-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Jessica Penne (12-5) vs. Lupita Godinez (5-0) (Strawweight)