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Jussier Formiga vs. Brandon Moreno among new additions to UFC Brasilia

Brandon Moreno (pictured) goes to enemy territory to battle Jussier Formiga in Brazil.
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The UFC has finally announced many previously reported matches for its upcoming card in Brasilia, Brazil, on March 14, but added some new match-ups as well.

In the flyweight division, veteran Jussier Formiga faces off with Brandon Moreno, while Brasilia-native Rani Yahya takes on Enrique Barzola. Venezuela’s Veronica Macedo moves back up to bantamweight to battle Bea Malecki.

Formiga (23-6) will attempt to rebound from a second-round loss to Joseph Benavidez, which stopped his longest winning streak in the UFC at four in a row, while Moreno (16-5-1) looks to remain unbeaten since returning to the promotion earlier this year.

Yahya (26-10, 1 no-contest) was part of both UFC events in Brasilia in the past, defeating Johnny Bedford and Michinori Tanaka. Barzola (16-5-1) makes his 135-pound debut after going 5-3 as a featherweight.

Macedo (6-3-1) will finally enter the Octagon after having two fights cancelled in December, versus Ariane Lipski and Amanda Lemos. In her last bout, Macedo tapped Polyana Viana in the first round. Malecki (3-0) submitted Duda Santana in her UFC debut in June.

Other bouts made official are Johnny Walker vs. Nikita Krylov, Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant, Elizeu Zaleski vs. Aleksei Kunchenko, and Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Brad Tavares. The UFC has yet to announce the main event for UFC Brasilia.

A previously reported bout between Maryna Moroz and Mayra Bueno Silva wasn’t made official by the UFC on Thursday, but sources told MMA Fighting it’s still on for the card.

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