Rosi Sexton and Jessica Andrade are set to face off at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz in October.
The UFC confirmed the match Tuesday on Twitter. The bout will be the first ever UFC women’s fight in Europe.
Andrade is no stranger to firsts. At UFC on Fox 8: Johnson vs. Moraga in July, the 21-year-old Brazilian faced off against Liz Carmouche. It was the first time two openly gay fighters met in the Octagon, and it was also Andrade’s first time fighting in the United States. She was signed to the UFC to replace Miesha Tate, who is coaching opposite women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter. Carmouche defeated Andrade by TKO at 3:57 in the second round.
Carmouche previously made history when she fought Ronda Rousey in the first ever women’s match at UFC 157. She lost by armbar submission at 4:49 in the first round.
Jessica Andrade said the fight community in her native Brazil has been very supportive of the fact that she is openly gay.
“All the fighters respect my sexual orientation There was only one instance where I did an interview and some people in the forums said some stuff,” Andrade said. “But it wasn’t anything compared to how the whole community deals with it.”
She also said, “Everything I do ends up reflecting on the (gay) community, but it’s not something I’ll hide. It is what it is. There’s nothing wrong with it, and I’ll keep on doing (what I’m doing).”
Rosi Sexton made her promotional debut at UFC 161 against Alexis Davis. She lost the match by unanimous decision.
Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz will face off in a middleweight bout in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 on October 26 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester. Lightweights Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard will face off in the co-main event.
[Pictured: Jessica Andrade]