Jessica-Rose Clark will return to the Octagon this November for the first time since June 2018.
The promotion announced the matchup on Thursday, where Clark (9-5, 1 NC) will be taking on "The Ultimate Fighter Season 28" contestant Pannie Kianzad (11-5). They will meet at UFC Fight Night 163 at the CSKA Arena in Moscow on Nov. 9.
Clark is currently 2-1 inside the Octagon with wins over Bec Rawlings and Paige VanZant. In her last fight, she dropped a decision to future title challenger Jessica Eye. She was then scheduled to face Andrea Lee last December, but was hospitalized due to weight cutting issues and the fight was cancelled. She was later set to take on Talita Bernardo at UFC 237, but "Jessy Jess" again had to pull out of the fight, this time due to injury. When she meets Kianzad, it will also mark her bantamweight debut in the UFC. The 31-year-old fought at bantamweight in the local scenes. This fight will also be a rematch of their Invicta FC 13 scrap, where "Banzai" won the fight by unanimous decision.
Kianzad will be looking for her first win inside the Octagon. She made her debut at TUF 28 Finale, and went on to lose to Macy Chiasson by submission. She then was released from the Las Vegas-based promotion, but after a victory on a Swedish event, she was brought back into the fold. At UFC 239, she competed against the debuting Julia Avila, but again suffered a defeat, this time by decision.
UFC Fight Night 163 will go down on Nov. 9 in Moscow and is headlined by a heavyweight battle between Junior dos Santos vs. Alexander Volkov.