Rose Namajunas is just weeks removed from her last bout. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Rose Namajunas has replaced Joanne Calderwood and will face Paige VanZant in a UFC Fight Night headliner on Dec. 10.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the change on Wednesday. UFC Fight Night takes place at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Dec. 10 and also includes a lightweight showdown between Jim Miller and Michael Chiesa. The card airs in its entirety on Fight Pass.
Perhaps the most talked-about fighter on “The Ultimate Fighter 20” cast, Namajunas fell to Carla Esparza at the show’s finale last December. She returned to action at UFC 192, earning her first promotional triumph with a first-round tapout of Angela Hill.
VanZant, 21, is one of the promotion’s fastest-rising stars. The Team Alpha Male representative has been victorious in her first three Octagon appearances. Most recently, “12 Gauge” dispatched Alex Chambers via third-round armbar at UFC 191 on Sept. 5.