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UFC 216: Cejudo, Reis and Moras, Evans-Smith Set For Alberta Card

A pair of former flyweight title challengers and two of Demetrious Johnson’s last three victims will meet up when the UFC makes its Edmonton debut later this summer.

Number two ranked flyweight Henry Cejudo will take on number four ranked Wilson Reis at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at UFC 216 on September 9, the UFC announced today.

After starting his career with 10 straight wins, including four with the promotion, the 30-year-old Cejudo is coming off the first two losses in his MMA career.

Demetrious Johnson finished Cejudo in the first round at UFC 197 in April 2016. Eight months later, Joseph Benavidez beat him via split decision at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.

He was expected to face Sergio Pettis at UFC 211 but had to pull out because of a hand injury. He will look to get back on the title track against Reis.

The 32-year-old Reis last fought in a title challenge against Johnson back in April in Kansas City, losing via armbar at the end of the third round. He’s 22-7 overall and 6-3 inside the octagon.

The UFC also announced on Wednesday that a female bantamweight scrap between Sarah Moras and Ashlee Evans-Smith will join Cejudo and Reis at 216.

Both Moras and Evans-Smith are coming off loses.

Moras, a 29-year-old Canadian, last fought in 2015, losing to the then-bantamweight Jéssica Andrade. Since then, injuries have kept her out of the octagon. She will return to fight about 800 miles northeast of her hometown of Sechelt, British Columbia.

California’s Evans-Smith, also 29-years-old, last fought at UFC Kansas City, suffering a unanimous decision loss against Ketlen Vieira. Overall she’s 5-2 in MMA and 2-2 in the promotion.

UFC 216 will be the first UFC card in Edmonton and the second in Alberta. Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, will host the card.

The only other announced match-up is a featherweight fight between Newfoundland’s Gavin Tucker and Rick Glenn.