Miesha Tate vs Lauren Murphy flyweight fight targeted for UFC 273 on April 9 in Brooklyn

    Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) womenโ€™s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will be moving down to the flyweight division for her next fight inside the Octagon. According to MMA Fighting, โ€œCupcakeโ€ is in line to face Lauren Murphy at the scheduled UFC 273 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Verbal agreements are in place though not contracts have officially been signed.

    Tate made her return to action in July 2021 after a five-year hiatus to defeat Marion Reneau via third-round technical knockout in July 2021. In her follow up fight against Kelten Vieira four months later, Tate came up short via unanimous decision. Now, the ex 135-pound queen will look to get back on tack in a new weight class.

    Murphy is currently ranked No. 3 at 125 pounds on the official UFC rankings and is coming off a loss to current division champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 266. The loss snapped her five-fight win streak.

    UFC 273 will also feature Irene Aldana taking on Aspen Ladd in a womenโ€™s bantamweight bout. While the promotion has yet to book a headliner, but there are rumblings that it could feature a featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung. Volkanovski was set to defend his title against Max Holloway at UFC 272 a month prior but after โ€œBlessedโ€ suffered an injury, the promotion had to change course.

    As always, keep it tuned to MMA Mania as more fights are confirmed for UFC 273.

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