Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres added to UFC 273

    A key womenโ€™s strawweight bout between decorated jiu-jitsu world champion Mackenzie Dern and longtime contender Tecia Torres is scheduled for UFC 273. Torres announced the matchup on social media on Wednesday. Latest UFC rankings have Dern at #5 and Torres at #7.

    Dern (11-2) is coming off a five-round unanimous decision loss to Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 39, although she did pick up Fight of the Night honors in the process. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak that included submissions of Hannah Cifers, Randa Markos, and Nina Nunes.

    Torres (13-5) has won three in a row, which is a hell of a turnaround from her previous four-fight losing skid. โ€˜The Tiny Tornadoโ€™ returned to her winning ways with a decision over Brianna Van Buren in June 2020, followed that up with a doctor stoppage TKO of Sam Hughes later that December, then most recently bested Angela Hill at UFC 265 in August.

    UFC 273, which doesnโ€™t yet have a finalized location, takes place on April 9th and is expected to feature Alexander Volkanovski defending his featherweight title against Chan Sung Jung aka โ€˜The Korean Zombieโ€™ in the main event. Aljamain Sterlingโ€™s bantamweight title rematch vs. Petr Yan is reportedly going to be the co-main event.

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