Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed Andrade, the former strawweight champ, will fight Murphy, a one-time flyweight title challenger, at the Jan. 21 pay-per-view event. The bout will be contested at 125 pounds.
UFC 283 is expected to take place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro and air on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
Andrade, who hails from Umuarama, Paraná, Brazil, returns to the flyweight division after a trip to strawweight, where she briefly held the title. In the headliner of UFC Vegas 52, Andrade pulled off a standing arm-triangle choke that’s bound to make best-of-year lists. It was her second straight win after a loss to flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko dashed her immediate hopes of retaking gold.
In Murphy, Andrade meets a fighter who saved her title prospects in her most recent performance. A dominant decision over ex-bantam champ Miesha Tate at UFC on ABC 3 kept Murphy in the title hunt at 125 pounds. She sought redemption after a disastrous outing against Shevchenko in her previous performance she said was hobbled by a bout with C-diff in training camp.