Undefeated Mexican bantamweight Montserrat Rendon is skipping the Contender Series and is set for her UFC debut later this year.
Rendon (5-0) will faces Brazil’s Tamires Vidal (7-1) at a UFC Fight Night event on September 23, 2023. The card is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Vidal confirmed the booking on her Instagram Story following an initial report by Eurosport.
Not only is Rendon skipping DWCS, she’s also missing the UFC’s September 16 event, which is being hosted to coincide with Mexican Independence Day. Regardless, the Invicta FC veteran is graduating straight to the big show after picking up a split decision win over Brittney Cloudy in her last fight.
Rendon also fought twice for Combate Global earlier in her career. She turned pro in 2020 after a handful of amateur fights.
Vidal, an LFA alum, made her UFC debut last November, putting away Ramona Pascual with a flying knee inside of a round. The Brazilian has not lost a fight since 2019, and has won six straight, including victories outside the UFC against Ailin Perez and PFL regular Martina Jindrova.
No main event has been announced or reported for the UFC’s September 23 Fight Night event, but the following match-ups are attached to the card:
- Jake Collier vs. Mohammed Usman
- Mizuki Inoue vs. Hannah Goldy
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Charles Jourdain
- Montserrat Rendon vs. Tamires Vidal