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UFC title or bust: Both headliners refuses to fight for anything other than a title shot



Erin Blanchfield Manon Fiorot

Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot. Photo via YouTube

Saturday’s flyweight headliner between top ranked Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot is one of the best fights you can ask for in the stacked 125 lbs division.

Both fighters are undefeated in the promotion, with six straight wins each, and both deserve to fight for the belt next. However, champion Alexa Grasso and and No. 1 ranked contender, and former champ, Valentina Shevchenko are currently filming as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show and unlikely to have their trilogy bout until September as earliest.

““I’m No. 2, she’s No. 3. The only two girls ahead of us are the girls that have been fighting for the title. So when I win Saturday, I feel like I’m definitely a lock for the title,” Blanchfield said on the recent UFC media day. “I think you could definitely argue this is like my third No. 1 contender fight.”

Manon Fiorot: “Deserved two times the title shot”

On the same media day, Fiorot explained that she won’t fight for anything else but a title the next time she steps into the octagon.

“For an (interim) title, yeah, I’m open to that if it’s that kind of fight, but not just a normal one,” Fiorot explained. “Obviously I already deserved two times the title shot, but that’s how life goes. Sometimes there’s injuries and other things.”

Blanchfield vs. Fiorot Fight Card

Main card

  • Women’s Flyweight Erin Blanchfield vs. Manon Fiorot
  • Welterweight Vicente Luque vs. Joaquin Buckley
  • Middleweight Chris Weidman vs. Bruno Silva
  • Middleweight Nursulton Ruziboev vs. Sedriques Dumas
  • Featherweight Bill Algeo vs. Kyle Nelson
  • Welterweight Chidi Njokuani vs. Rhys McKee

Preliminary card

  • Featherweight Nate Landwehr vs. Jamall Emmers
  • Women’s Strawweight Virna Jandiroba vs. Loopy Godinez
  • Featherweight Julio Arce vs. Herbert Burns
  • Featherweight Dennis Buzukja vs. Connor Matthews
  • Light Heavyweight Ibo Aslan vs. Anton Turkalj
  • Women’s Flyweight Viktoriia Dudakova vs. Melissa Gatto
  • Middleweight Andre Petroski vs. Jacob Malkoun
  • Bantamweight Angel Pacheco vs. Caolán Loughran

* Fight card is a subject of change.

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