A pair of bantamweight bouts on Monday became the first official additions to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s upcoming UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh.
Former flyweight contender John Lineker will make his sophomore appearance at 135 pounds against unbeaten Team Alpha Male product Cody Garbrandt, while ex-Invicta FC champ Lauren Murphy is set to take on “The Ultimate Fighter 18” cast member Sarah Moras.
The event takes place Feb. 21 at Consol Energy Center, which hosted the UFC’s inaugural visit to Steel City in June 2011.
Lineker will enter the bout on a three-fight winning streak, having been forced up to bantamweight following a series of weight-cutting problems. The heavy-handed Brazilian most recently took out fellow slugger Francisco Rivera with a first-round guillotine choke at UFC 191.
Garbrandt holds a 7-0 record and has picked up a pair of victories in his first year under Zuffa employ. “No Love” had a dominant showing against Enrique Briones at UFC 189, cruising to a unanimous decision after three rounds.
Murphy entered the UFC with momentum and an unbeaten record but has come up short in both of her Octagon outings. The tough Alaskan was narrowly outpointed by Sara McMann last August and dropped a unanimous verdict to Liz Carmouche in April.
Moras advanced to the semifinals of “TUF 18” before being eliminated by the season’s eventual winner, Julianna Pena. “Cheesecake” has gone the distance in both of her official UFC bouts, besting Alexis Dufresne before falling to Jessica Andrade in July.