Sam Hughes and Istela Nunes To Search For First UFC Win In April 16th Pairing

Both searching for their first UFC win, strawweights Sam Hughes and Istela Nunes will meet at the promotion’s April 16th event. News of the matchup was confirmed by Dama De Ferro earlier in the week.

The matchup is joining a “Fight Night” card that is expected to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Hughes has lost three fights since joining the UFC roster in late 2020. Her last appearance was in November 2021, where she dropped a unanimous decision to Luana Pinheiro.

Nunes made her long-awaited UFC debut in October 2021, fighting for the first time since serving a two-year U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension. She was defeated in this bout, getting submitted late by Ariane Carnelossi.

Welterweight contenders Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad are expected to headline UFC’s April 16th show. Here is the updated card:

Bout 9: Vicente Luque (21-7-1) vs. Belal Muhammad (20-3) (Welterweight)

Bout 8: Drakkar Klose (11-2-1) vs. Brandon Jenkins (15-8) (Lightweight)

Bout 7: Rafa Garcia (13-2) vs. Jesse Ronson (21-10) (Welterweight)

Bout 6: Chris Barnett (22-7) vs. Martin Buday (9-1) (Heavyweight)

Bout 5: Lina Lansberg (10-5) vs. Pannie Kianzad (15-6) (Bantamweight)

Bout 4: Uriah Hall (17-10) vs. Andre Muniz (22-4) (Middleweight)

Bout 3: Melsik Baghdasaryan (7-1) vs. TJ Laramie (12-4) (Featherweight)

Bout 2: Elizeu Zaleski (23-7) vs. Mounir Lazzez (10-2) (Welterweight)

Bout 1: Sam Hughes (5-4) vs. Istela Nunes (6-2) (Strawweight)

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