TUF alum Sarah Moras meets top prospect Alexis Dufresne at TUF 19 Finale
A top women's prospect is ready to make her UFC debut after a setback.
Alexis Dufresne, who was initially supposed to face Amanda Nunes last month, is back from injury and will meet Ultimate Fighter alum Sarah Moras at the Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6 in Las Vegas, UFC officials confirmed with FOX Sports. The story was initially reported by MMAFighting.com.
Dufresne (5-0) hurt her rib and had to pull out of the fight with Nunes, which was booked for FOX UFC Saturday on April 19 in Orlando. She is a potential future star coming out of Dan Henderson's Team Quest in Temecula, Calif.
The 23-year-old turned pro less than two years ago and all five of her wins have been first-round finishes. The average time of her fights is 77 seconds. In Dufresne's last bout, she knocked out Kim Couture, Randy Couture's ex-wife, in just 45 seconds. A rib injury forced Dufresne out of the fight with Nunes.
Moras (3-1) has not had an official MMA fight since submitting Christina Barry in the first round back in September 2012, which ironically is the same month Dufresne made her pro MMA debut. But Moras did fight on the Ultimate Fighter 18 reality show on Miesha Tate's team. She submitted Peggy Morgan to advance to the semifinals, where she lost to eventual winner Julianna Pena.
Moras, 26, actually already owned a pro win over Pena previously. She would have fought at the TUF 18 Finale in December, but has been dealing with injuries. This bout will mark her official UFC debut.
The TUF 19 Finale is headlined by a rematch between the show's two coaches, B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar. Edgar has beaten Penn twice by decision in UFC lightweight title fights.