A heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Justin Willis is one of several additions to the UFC’s upcoming trip to Tennessee.
On Saturday’s UFC Brooklyn broadcast, a March 23 show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was confirmed as were several bouts, including the previously scheduled welterweight main event between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (14-3-1) and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (21-8).
The Blaydes-Willis bout (first reported by FloCombat) was also announced to be on the card, as was a strawweight bout between Randa Markos and Angela Hill, and a trio of flyweight bouts: Maycee Barber vs. JJ Aldrich, Alexis Davis vs. Jennifer Maia, and a previously reported bout between Jussier Formiga and Deiveson Figueiredo.
Blaydes recently saw a five-fight (excluding one no contest) win streak snapped when he was knocked out in a rematch with Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC Beijing. He is 10-2 (1 NC) overall, with wins over Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt. Willis (8-1) also has a win over Hunt and is unbeaten in four UFC appearances.
Markos (8-6-1) and Hill (8-5) were housemates on The Ultimate Fighter 20. Since joining the UFC, Markos has yet to string together consecutive wins or losses and went to a majority draw in her most recent outing against Marina Rodriguez in September. Hill, a former Invicta FC strawweight champion, is coming off of a split decision loss to Cortney Casey.
Just 20 years old, Barber has won her first six pro bouts including her UFC debut against Hannah Cifers in November. She takes on Aldrich (7-2), another TUF alum who is riding a three-fight winning streak after outpointing Polyana Viana at UFC 227.
Davis (19-8) is a one-time bantamweight title challenger who is 1-1 in the UFC since dropping down to 125 pounds, with a win over Liz Carmouche and a loss to Katlyn Chookagian.
Maia (15-5-1) is returning to action after accepting a six-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for a banned substance. Her suspension was retroactive to August 2018, meaning she will be eligible to compete again in March. After two successful defenses of the Invicta FC flyweight title, Maia made her UFC debut last July with a unanimous decision loss to Carmouche.
UFC Fight Night 148 will air live on the ESPN+ streaming service.