Antonina Shevchenko vs. Cortney Casey targeted for April 30 UFC event

    A womenโ€™s flyweight matchup is being targeted for April.

    Multiple people with knowledge of the promotionโ€™s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that the UFC is close to finalizing a bout between Antonina Shevchenko and Cortney Casey for April 30 at a location and venue yet to be announced.

    Shevchenko enters the bout on a losing streak for the first time in her career. The Dana Whiteโ€™s Contender Series contract winner, and sister of current flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko, went 3-2 in her first five octagon appearances โ€” including victories over Ji Yeon Kim and Ariane Lipski, along with losses to Roxanne Modafferi and Katlyn Chookagian โ€” before getting stopped in her last two bouts by Andrea Lee at UFC 262 in May, and Casey Oโ€™Neill at Octoberโ€™s UFC Vegas 38 event.

    Casey recently snapped a two-fight skid with a unanimous decision win over Liana Jojua in November at UFC Vegas 42, despite Jojua missing weight by 2.5 pounds. โ€œCast Ironโ€ is beginning her seventh year as a UFC fighter, having made 14 total appearances for the promotion.

    Damon Martin contributed to this report.

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