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Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for vacant UFC flyweight title added to UFC 231

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will do battle for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight title at UFC 231 in Toronto.

UFC officials announced the fight on Thursday night.

For Shevchenko (15-3), a multiple-time Muay Thai champion, this will be her second opportunity to claim the UFC’s 125-pound title. She was initially scheduled to challenge former champion Nicco Montaño for her belt in the co-main event of UFC 228 earlier this month. However, Montaño was forced out of the bout the day before their title fight. As a result, Shevchenko was pulled from the card entirely while Montaño was stripped of her title.

Prior to this scrapped fight, “Bullet” decimated Priscila Cachoeira in her flyweight debut in February. This victory came after putting together a record of 3-2 as a member of the UFC’s bantamweight division, which included a win over former champion Holly Holm and a pair of losses to current 135-pound champion Amanda Nunes.

Jedrzejczyk (15-2), the former UFC strawweight champion, has made it known she still remembers her history with Shevchenko during their time on the Muay Thai circuit, where she came up short on three separate occasions.

In terms of her UFC career, Jedrzejczyk is coming off a decision win over Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 30 in July. This got her back in the win column after losing to current 115-pound champion Rose Namajunas at UFC 223 in April. Jedrzejczyk previously lost her title to Namajunas after being finished early in the first round of the initial title fight at UFC 217.

UFC 231 is set to go down inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Dec. 8. With the addition of the flyweight title fight, here is how the entire card stands:

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns

Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak

TBD vs. Elias Theodorou

Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakic

Claudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff

While it hasn’t been made official, a featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega has been linked to the card as well.