Several major fights have been officially announced, and it is now the Ultimate Fighting Championship's International Fight Week, which means there is an awful lot about to go down in the days ahead. We thought you might want to take a good, long look at these lists before an imminent and inevitable shake-up.
The drama surrounding Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino finally seems over, as she will improbably meet Invicta Fighting Championships bantamweight titlist Tonya Evinger for the vacant UFC women's featherweight title at UFC 214. Meanwhile, that same UFC 214 card has picked up a massive addition, with the rescheduled Donald Cerrone-Robbie Lawler battle added to its roster; and the UFC 215 bill on Sept. 9 has been bolstered by the booking of Junior dos Santos-Francis Ngannou. On top of these announcements, International Fight Week has no less than 10 ranked fighters in action, with most of them going head-to-head.
We do have at least one real change. In our last update, following her exoneration by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, we placed Cortney Casey back in her rightful spot as our ninth-ranked strawweight. With Casey cleared of her alleged test failure for elevated testosterone levels, the shambolic Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has restored her May win over Jessica Aguilar at UFC 211. While we had already given her back the No. 9 spot, Casey's record is officially 7-4 once more.
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