Amanda Nunes will face Sara Kaufman at the “TUF Nations” finale. | Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Amanda Nunes will face Sarah Kaufman at "The Ultimate Fighter Nations" finale.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced the news Thursday. Nunes replaces an injured Shayna Baszler, who was forced to pull out of her planned April 16 clash with Kaufman earlier this week.
Nunes was originally expected to face Octagon debutant Alexis Dufresne on April 19 at UFC on Fox 11, but that booking has been canceled. Dufresne will now make her promotional foray at a later date against a to-be-named foe.
The finale of “TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia” takes place at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the event, which is headlined by a middleweight duel pitting Tim Kennedy against Michael Bisping.
Nunes, 25, has gone 2-0 since joining the UFC last year, pounding out German talent Sheila Gaff last August before doing the same to muay Thai ace Germaine de Randamie on Nov. 6 at UFC Fight Night 31.
Kaufman last competed last October at UFC 166, sustaining a hard-fought split decision defeat to Jessica Eye that was later changed to a no-decision by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation after Eye tested positive for marijuana metabolites.