Less than two months out from UFC 228, the card is taking shape with key matchups in several divisions.
Eight bouts were officially announced by the UFC on Wednesday for their Sept. 8 pay-per-view event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, with matchups involving past title contenders Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Jessica Andrade, and John Dodson, and former champion Carla Esparza, among others.
Kowalkiewicz (12-2) and Andrade (18-6) both fell short in their attempts to wrest the strawweight title from then-champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, but have maintained their high rankings with bounce back wins. After being submitted by Claudia Gadelha, Kowalkiewcz went on to win decisions over Jodie Esquibel and Felice Herrig. Meanwhile, Andrade has claimed back-to-back decision wins against Gadelha and Tecia Torres.
Suarez has won all six of her professional bouts and is 3-0 inside the Octagon. In May at UFC Chile, she made quick work of Alexa Grasso, finishing her with a rear-naked choke submission in round one.
Sterling has won three of his last four bouts, most recently defeating Brett Johns by unanimous decision in April.
A pair of previously reported bouts have been confirmed. Two-time flyweight title challenger-turned bantamweight contender Dodson (20-9) will meet Jimmie Rivera (21-1) in a bantamweight bout, and Yair Rodriguez (10-2) fights Zabit Magomedsharipov (15-1) at featherweight.
Also announced Wednesday: A bantamweight bout between Ryan Benoit (10-5) vs. Roberto Sanchez (8-1), a middleweight bout between Charles Byrd (10-4) and Darren Stewart (8-3), and a welterweight bout between Geoff Neal (9-2) and Frank Camacho (21-6)
See below for the updated UFC 228 card:
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Andrade
Carla Esparza vs. Tatiana Suarez
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann
John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera
Yair Rodriguez vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Ryan Benoit vs. Roberto Sanchez
Charles Byrd vs. Darren Stewart
Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho