When the UFC holds an event outside of the United States they will sometimes stack the card with local talent to bring in fans.
With the organization heading to Auckland, New Zealand for next months’ event – headlined by a middleweight bout between James Te Huna and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt – there are two local fighters who want to appear on the card.
According to an article in The New Zealand Times, local fighters Faith Van Duin and Kate Da Silva have confirmed they are willing to fight each other on the card. The pair squared off in 2013 where Van Duin scored a submission in the fourth round.
Van Duin currently sports a 4-0 record. She recently signed with Invicta Fighting Championships but President Shannon Knapp has always been open to letting her fighters compete in the octagon.
Da Silva is 7-1, with five of her wins coming by submission. The article said that Da Silva competed in the first women’s MMA fight in New Zealand in 2009 – which also happened to be her professional debut – where she submitted Tash Chambers in the first round with a rear-naked choke.
Both Van Duin and Da Silva fight at featherweight though both fighters said they can drop weight to fight in the UFC.
I think having the rematch between Van Duin and Da Silva would be a great addition to the June 28 event. It would also give the UFC a chance to bring more competition into their women’s division.
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