Newly signed UFC fighter Lupita Godinez will get a former title challenger in her octagon debut.
Godinez (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Jessica Penne (12-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 22, which takes place April 17 on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Two individuals with data of the matchup knowledgeable MMA Junkie of the reserving Thursday, however requested to stay nameless for the reason that promotion has but to make an official announcement.
Godinez, a 27-year-old Mexican fighter, is unbeaten in her professional MMA profession. She gained the strawweight title in her most up-to-date outing when she beat Vanessa Demopoulos by majority determination at LFA 94.
Penne, who initially was slated to face Hannah Goldy this previous Saturday at UFC 260, will make her long-awaited return to the octagon. Her bout with Goldy was rebooked for April 17, however Goldy was compelled to withdraw attributable to unknown causes. Penne is coming off a virtually four-year layoff attributable to a number of accidents and a prolonged battle with the U.S. Anti-Doping Company.
With the change, the present UFC on ESPN 22 lineup contains:
- Kelvin Gastelum vs. Robert Whittaker
- Bartosz Fabinski vs. Gerald Meerschaert
- Juan Espino vs. Alexander Romanov
- Drakkar Klose vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Parker Porter vs. Chase Sherman
- Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish
- Austin Hubbard vs. Natan Levy
- Alex Munoz vs. Luis Pena
- Invoice Algeo vs. Ricardo Ramos
- Lupita Godinez vs. Jessica Penne
- Anthony Birchak vs. Tony Gravely
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoun
- Zarah Fairn vs. Josiane Nunes