Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo set for UFC 266

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLCA pivotal women’s flyweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s September pay-per-view event. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a fight between former champion Jessica Andrade and Cynthia Calvillo has been added to the UFC 266 fight card. The event takes place Sept. 25 at a venue and location yet to be announced. ESPN Deportes was first to report the booking. Andrade, a former UFC strawweight titleholder, will make her third straight flyweight appearance. After stopping Katlyn Chookagian in October, Andrade went on to challenge Valentina Shevchenko for the 125-pound title at UFC 261 in April and was defeated via second-round TKO. The 29-year-old looks to get back on track after dropping three of her last four. Calvillo will also look to get back to her winning ways after dropping a unanimous decision to Chookagian in her most recent appearance at November’s UFC 255 event. After moving up from 115 pounds, Calvillo headlined UFC on ESPN 10 in June 2020 and defeated Jessica Eye. UFC 266 is scheduled to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira.

Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo set for UFC 266
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

A pivotal women’s flyweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s September pay-per-view event.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a fight between former champion Jessica Andrade and Cynthia Calvillo has been added to the UFC 266 fight card. The event takes place Sept. 25 at a venue and location yet to be announced. ESPN Deportes was first to report the booking.

Andrade, a former UFC strawweight titleholder, will make her third straight flyweight appearance. After stopping Katlyn Chookagian in October, Andrade went on to challenge Valentina Shevchenko for the 125-pound title at UFC 261 in April and was defeated via second-round TKO. The 29-year-old looks to get back on track after dropping three of her last four.

Calvillo will also look to get back to her winning ways after dropping a unanimous decision to Chookagian in her most recent appearance at November’s UFC 255 event. After moving up from 115 pounds, Calvillo headlined UFC on ESPN 10 in June 2020 and defeated Jessica Eye.

UFC 266 is scheduled to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira.

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BKFC unable to come to terms with Dat Nguyen, new 135-pound champion to be crowned in July

BKFC, Phil LambertThere will be a new BKFC 135-pound champion crowned in July after the promotion was unable to come to terms with Dat Nguyen on a new contract. BKFC president Dave Feldman confirmed the news when speaking to MMA Fighting on Thursday. “We’ve been going back and forth trying to negotiate a new contract for Dat Nguyen and we can’t come to anything that works for either party,” Feldman said. “We just couldn’t come to terms. “I’m not going to hold up other fighters who want to make a run at this thing and that are willing to fight.” Nguyen had been with BKFC for three fights, where he remained undefeated including a highly competitive unanimous decision win over Johnny Bedford back in February that earned him the 135-pound title. Nguyen also held wins over Travis Thompson and Abdiel Velasquez in past fights for the bare-knuckle promotion. Unfortunately, Nguyen’s reign as champion has already ended with the company stripping him of the belt as he exits the organization after they were unable to reach an agreement on a new deal. With Nguyen out and the 135-pound title vacated, Feldman confirmed plans to crown a new champion at the upcoming BKFC 19 card on July 23 with Bedford getting a chance to reclaim the title in a fight against Reggie Barnett Jr. Barnett was previously considered the No. 1 contender in the division but he also has a loss on his record to Bedford from a prior meeting in 2019. On that night, Bedford bested Barnett by unanimous decision in the tournament that crowned the promotion’s 135-pound champion. Now they will meet again with the title going up for grabs now that Nguyen is no longer with the organization. Bedford vs. Nguyen is the latest addition to the growing BKFC 19 card on July 23, which also features a women’s showcase as Paige VanZant returns to take on fellow UFC veteran Rachael Ostovich. A main event for the card is still to be determined.

BKFC unable to come to terms with Dat Nguyen, new 135-pound champion to be crowned in July
BKFC, Phil Lambert

There will be a new BKFC 135-pound champion crowned in July after the promotion was unable to come to terms with Dat Nguyen on a new contract.

BKFC president Dave Feldman confirmed the news when speaking to MMA Fighting on Thursday.

“We’ve been going back and forth trying to negotiate a new contract for Dat Nguyen and we can’t come to anything that works for either party,” Feldman said. “We just couldn’t come to terms.

“I’m not going to hold up other fighters who want to make a run at this thing and that are willing to fight.”

Nguyen had been with BKFC for three fights, where he remained undefeated including a highly competitive unanimous decision win over Johnny Bedford back in February that earned him the 135-pound title.

Nguyen also held wins over Travis Thompson and Abdiel Velasquez in past fights for the bare-knuckle promotion.

Unfortunately, Nguyen’s reign as champion has already ended with the company stripping him of the belt as he exits the organization after they were unable to reach an agreement on a new deal.

With Nguyen out and the 135-pound title vacated, Feldman confirmed plans to crown a new champion at the upcoming BKFC 19 card on July 23 with Bedford getting a chance to reclaim the title in a fight against Reggie Barnett Jr.

Barnett was previously considered the No. 1 contender in the division but he also has a loss on his record to Bedford from a prior meeting in 2019.

On that night, Bedford bested Barnett by unanimous decision in the tournament that crowned the promotion’s 135-pound champion. Now they will meet again with the title going up for grabs now that Nguyen is no longer with the organization.

Bedford vs. Nguyen is the latest addition to the growing BKFC 19 card on July 23, which also features a women’s showcase as Paige VanZant returns to take on fellow UFC veteran Rachael Ostovich.

A main event for the card is still to be determined.

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