The UFC has booked most of the top bantamweight talent in the next few months.
Ariel Helewani announced via twitter Miesha Tate would defend her UFC title for the first time against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in Las Vegas July 9th. Tate (18-5) is on a five fight win streak, the longest in the division. Nunes has won three straight bouts and has finished in all but one of her wins. The winner will most likely face a returning Ronda Rousey in the fall.
In related news, Tate inked a new multi-fight deal with the UFC.
Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting is reporting that joining them on the card will be Cat Zingano taking on Juliana Pena is a match that could see a new contender emerge. Zingano is coming off a long absence since her loss to Rousey. Pena is currently undefeated in the UFC.
The match hasn’t been officially announced by the UFC, but since Juliana Pena is clear of her legal troubles, we should expect an announcement soon.
Before we hit 200, two more fights at bantamweight is going down.
April 16th in Tampa, Beth Correia looks to recover from her loss to Ronda Rousey to face a surging Raquel Pennington at UFC Fight Night Tampa. The fight will stream on Fox Sports 1.
Across the pond, Germaine de Randamie will fight in her home country of the Netherlands against a promotional debuting Dane Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night Rotterdam May 8. This will stream on UFC Fight Pass.