Raquel Pennington vs. Ketlen VIeira added to the first UFC card in 2023


UFC bantamweights Ketlen Vieira and Raquel Pennington will collide in what could be a No. 1 contender bout on Jan. 14, 2023, multiple people with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting.

The UFC Fight Night will feature Kelvin Gastelum against Nassourdine Imavov.

Vieira (13-2) was hoping to earn a shot at the 135-pound championship against fellow Brazilian Amanda Nunes one week later at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, which is scheduled for Jan. 21. In her last octagon appearances, Nova Uniao’s Nova Uniao fighter defeated Holly Holm and Miesha Tate.

Pennington (14-8), who challenged Nunes for the title in Rio de Janeiro back in 2018, won her past four against Marion Reneau, Pannie Kianzad, Macy Chiasson and Aspen Ladd. Pennington also holds UFC wins over former UFC titleholders Tate and Jessica Andrade, plus 135-pounder contender Irene Aldana.

Mike Heck helped to create this report.