UFC: Denise Gomes Steps Up on Short Notice to Face Loma Lookboonmee on Sept. 17

Denise Gomes, Dana White's Contender Series 51
Denise Gomes, Dana White's Contender Series 51 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Recent Dana White’s Contender Series winner and Invicta FC alum Denise Gomes will make her UFC debut in little more than a week’s time.

Brazil’s Gomes (6-1) will face Loma Lookboonmee (6-3) at a UFC Fight Night event on September 17, 2022. News of the booking was announced on Tuesday night’s Contender Series 53 broadcast.

Lookboonmee was originally expected to face Diana Belbita. No reason was given for Belbita’s exit from the fight.

Gomes fought on the Contender Series on August 23, defeating Rayanne Amanda via a unanimous decision, and earning a UFC contract in the process. One fight prior, Gomes had made her Invicta FC debut, defeating UFC alum Milana Dudieva.

Lookboonmee, a multi-time world champion in Muay Thai, will look to bounce back from a loss to Lupita “Loopy” Godinez in the fight. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak for the Thai fighter.

The UFC’s September 17 event is set to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following bouts have been reported for the card:

  • Cory Sandhagen vs. Song Yadong
  • Giga Chikadze vs. Sodiq Yusuff
  • Gregory Rodrigues vs. Chidi Njokuani
  • Tanner Boser vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
  • Anthony Hernandez vs. Marc-André Barriault
  • Alen Amedovski vs. Joseph Pyfer
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Sara McMann
  • Mariya Agapova vs. Gillian Robertson
  • Trey Ogden vs. Daniel Zellhuber
  • Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp
  • Louis Cosce vs. Trevin Giles
  • Pat Sabatini vs. Damon Jackson
  • Tony Gravely vs. Javid Basharat
  • Andre Fili vs. Bill Algeo
  • Loma Lookboonmee vs. Denise Gomes