The UFC’s return to the “Land Down Under” has another fight ticketed for the card, and it’s between a pair of Aussies who used to train together.
According to a report from MMADNA.nl in the Netherlands, Alex Chambers (5-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will take on Nadia Kassem (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout at UFC Fight Night 122. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of the booking.
UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Chambers will be fighting in front of her home fans in Sydney, where she’s based. She’ll be looking to get back on track following a submission loss to Paige VanZant at UFC 191 back in September 2015. She’s been on the sidelines since then.
Prior to her loss to VanZant, she picked up a bonus for a submission of Kailin Curran in Australia to bounce back after a loss to Aisling Daly at the TUF 20 Finale after appearing on that season of the show trying to become the UFC’s first strawweight champion. Chambers is a perfect 4-0 when fighting in Australia, so will be looking to five wins in her home country.
Kassem was supposed to make her promotional debut in June in New Zealand, but an injury took her out of a fight against J.J. Aldrich. She told The Daily Telegraph in Australia that prior to her amateur debut, she did some training with Chambers, who already was in the UFC.
The 21-year-old Kassem has all four of her pro wins by knockout – in a combined 2:22 of fight time. She has wins in 26 seconds, 10 seconds, 19 seconds and 87 seconds, but Chambers will be her biggest name opponent yet.
With the addition, UFC Fight Night 121 now includes:
- Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
- Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
- Belal Muhammad vs. Jesse Taylor
- Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski
- Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
- Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
- Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem