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Erin Blanchfield confirms she is set to fight Taila Santos in February.

Despite pushing women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko to the limit in June, the UFC did not award Taila Santos an immediate rematch following her split-decision loss.

Santos (19-2) appears to have a date and opponent set for her comeback, having fought at UFC 275 the last time.

Erin Blanchfield (10-1) told on Monday during a pre-recorded interview with "Morning Kombat with Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell" that she has signed a contract to fight Santos on a UFC Fight Night card from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on February 18.

Blanchfield, 23, also revealed she signed a new four-fight contract and presented the UFC with a single caveat before agreeing to what could be a No. 1 contender's fight, just months after her breakthrough submission win over Molly McCann at New York's Madison Square Garden in November.

Blanchfield, a native of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, has won all four of her fights since making her UFC debut in late 2021. Since her lone professional loss, a split decision to current UFC flyweight Tracy Cortez at Invicta FC 34 in 2019, she has won seven straight fights.

Blanchfield, who turned pro at the age of 18 and has wins over Kay Hansen, Miranda Maverick, and JJ Aldrich, will be taking a big step up in class against the 29-year-old Santos, who nearly upset Shevchenko at UFC 275 by relying on her size and grappling.


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