Karine Silva Welcomes Ketlen Souza to the UFC on June 3

Ketlen Souza
Ketlen Souza, Invicta FC 51 Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

Invicta FC flyweight champ Ketlen Souza just recently signed with the UFC, and now has her first fight booked.

On Thursday, UFC officials announced via press release that Souza (13-3) will fight Karine Silva (15-4) in the former’s promotional debut at a Fight Night event on June 3, 2023.

UFC Roster Watch first noted the addition of Souza to the promotion’s fighter database earlier this week.

Brazil’s Souza, 27, previously held titles at strawweight and bantamweight on the regional scene. She settled at flyweight upon her debut with Invicta FC last year, and went 2-0 for the promotion, capturing the 125lb title in her last fight. That saw her win a unanimous decision over Kristina “War Horse” Williams.

Silva, 29, picked up a win on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2021, and followed that up by winning her UFC debut against Poliana Botelho last year. Silva had been expected to face Priscila Cachoeira last month, but the fight fell through after Cachoeira missed weight.

The UFC’s June 3, 2023 Fight Night event will take place at the Apex in Las Vegas, with the following fights attached:

  • Kai Kara-France vs. Amir Albazi
  • Miesha Tate vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
  • Alex Caceres vs. Daniel Pineda
  • Jim Miller vs. Ľudovít Klein
  • Tim Elliott vs. Victor Altamirano
  • Jinh Yu Frey vs. Elise Reed
  • David Onama vs. Khusein Askhabov
  • Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
  • John Castañeda vs. Mateus Mendonça
  • Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Luan Lacerda
  • Maxim Grishin vs. Philipe Lins
  • Jamie Mullarkey vs. Guram Kutateladze
  • Karine Silva vs. Ketlen Souza
  • John Castaneda vs. Mateus Mendonca
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Don’Tale Mayes


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