Megan Anderson Returns Home to Face Zarah Fairn Dos Santos at UFC 243

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Megan Anderson will compete at home for the first time since 2014 when she takes on Zarah Fairn Dos Santos at UFC 243 this October.

With women’s featherweights Felicia Spencer and Cris Cyborg serving as the co-main event at UFC 240 this weekend, the division just got another shot in the arm. As first reported by MMA Junkie, Megan Anderson, the former Invicta FC 145lb champion, will face promotional newcomer Zarah Fairn Dos Santos at UFC 243 later this year.

While the UFC has yet to officially confirm the booking, Anderson has revealed she’ll be on the card, which takes place in her native Australia, in Melbourne.

Anderson (9-4) fell to Spencer early in their fight at UFC Rochester in May, after being submitted in the opening round. Prior to that, she had earned her first win in the UFC with a finish of Cat Zingano at UFC 232. That TKO, however, came via a toe poke, and had many looking for a rematch. That will have to wait, as the UFC has finally proven willing to sign someone not named Anderson, Spencer, Cyborg, Holm, or Nunes to compete at 145lbs.

Zarah Fairn Dos Santos will be making her UFC debut against Anderson. The 6-2 pro fighting out of France has not competed in MMA since 2017, although she did have a fight booked at Invicta FC 32 against Kaitlin Young fall through last year, reportedly due to visa issues. Dos Santos has a win over former UFC fighter Izabela Badurek. Her most recent defeat came to Bellator’s Sinead Kavanagh, in BAMMA back in 2016.

UFC 243 takes place at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, October 6 (Saturday, October 5 for those in North America). Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya headline the stadium show.

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