Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye Added to UFC 166; George Roop vs. Francisco Rivera Moved

August 24, 2013
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Sarah Kaufman vs Roxanne ModafferiSarah Kaufman has had to wait longer than expected to make her UFC debut. After having her UFC Fight Night 27 bout cancelled, she has been rescheduled to face fellow promotional newcomer Jessica “Evil” Eye at UFC 166 in Houston.

UFC officials announced the bout on Friday.

Kaufman was originally supposed to face former Olympian Sara McMann on Aug. 28, but McMann had to withdraw due to undisclosed personal reasons.

A short time later, Bellator released Eye from her contract, doing away with any women on its roster. The UFC quickly swooped in and signed her, noting that they were trying to put a fight together between Eye and Kaufman.

Eye (10-1) is on a seven-fight winning streak and is widely considered one of the top 125-pound female fighters in the world, with victories over the likes of Carina Damm and Zoila Frausto Gurgel, but she will be competing in the UFC’s only women’s division, the 135-pound weight class.

Kaufman (15-2) is also considered one of the top women in MMA, and has been waiting a long time to make her promotional debut.

The Canadian fighter was the first Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, a designation she later lost to Marloes Coenen. She eventually fought her way back into contention, only to have Ronda Rousey submit her in the first round.

The Rousey bout was Kaufman’s final fight under the Strikeforce banner. She remained active this year, with the permission of UFC officials, by winning a decision over Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5 in April.

With the addition of Kaufman vs. Eye to the UFC 166 fight card, UFC officials shifted a bantamweight bout between George Roop and Francisco Rivera to the UFC Fight for the Troops 3 card slated for Nov. 6 at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

UFC 166 is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez faces Junior dos Santos for the third time in their trilogy of fights.

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  • BobGyro

    watching Sara Dull Kaufman fight is induced torture. Whew hard to look at that pasty milk white Sara. BORING

  • JohnQ

    Ya totally agree!! I guess it’s nice having those fights though, it gives you 15 minutes to get up grab a drink, or something to eat. That fights a guaranteed 15 minute snoozer.

    • BobGyro

      Bathroom break Kaufman every time chalk white bloodless Sara fights. Hard to look at Sara.

  • shakejunt

    someone here has a crush

  • BobGyro

    Sara Kaufman is just too boring and too plain to watch on TV. How can the UFC subject us to watching milk white translucent skinned Sara rolling around on the white mat?

  • BobGyro

    Please Dana don’t force a Sara Kaufman fight on us good fans. That is torture like water-boarding the uFC loyal fans. Please No Sara?