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Rising star is one win away from a UFC title shot, faces former challenger: “She’s not particularly amazing”



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Taila Santos (left) and Erin Blanchfield (right) will clash on Saturday. Photo via Instagram (@blanchfield_mma)

Saturday’s UFC event in Singapore features a pivotal women’s flyweight bout between No. 3 ranked Erin Blanchfield and No. 4 ranked former title challenger Taila Santos.

The winner of the highly anticipated fight will put herself in a good position to face the winner of the upcoming title bout between flyweight champion Alexa Grasso and former champ Valentina Shevchonko in September.

“I think having the Taila Santos fight is perfect, she’s another super tough opponent, and you know, I’m going to end up fighting all these girls anyway, wheter it’s for a title or not, so I might just get in now and gain that experience,” Blanchfield recently told ESPN.

Erin Blanchfield is undefeated in the UFC

With five wins in the UFC, the three latest by submission, Blanchfield is confident that she’s better in all aspects of fighting.

Ahead of the fight, the 24-year old American is sure she got what it takes to defeat the former title challenger from Brazil.

“I feel like she’s pretty well-rounded. I don’t feel like she’s particularly weak anywhere, but she’s not particularly amazing anywhere.”

“So I feel like I can show that my game all around is better.”

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UFC Singapore fight card

Main card

  • Featherweight bout: Max Holloway vs. Jung Chan-sung
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann
  • Featherweight bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Alex Caceres
  • Bantamweight bout: Rinya Nakamura vs. Fernie Garcia
  • Women’s Flyweight bout: Erin Blanchfield vs. Taila Santos
  • Heavyweight bout: Junior Tafa vs. Parker Porter

Preliminary Card

  • Heavyweight bout: Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Lukasz Brzeski
  • Bantamweight bout: Toshiomi Kazama vs. Garrett Armfield
  • Middleweight bout: Chidi Njokuani vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Welterweight bout: Song Kenan vs. Rolando Bedoya
  • Welterweight bout: Billy Goff vs. Yusaku Kinoshita
  • Women’s Flyweight bout: Liang Na vs. JJ Aldrich
  • Featherweight bout: Choi Seung-woo vs. Jarno Errens

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