The UFC has made a change to their upcoming May 20 card in Las Vegas, with Mackenzie Dern and Angela Hill now set to headline.

“Dern vs Hill was originally scheduled for three rounds at Saturday’s UFC on ABC 4 in Charlotte, N.C., but the company needed a new main event attraction for the May 20 card after Irene Aldana was pulled from her clash with Raquel Pennington to replace Julianna Peña at UFC 289,” multiple people with knowledge of the change told MMA Fighting on Monday.

Pennington will now face two-division champion Amanda Nunes for the UFC bantamweight belt June 10 in Vancouver, Canada.

Dern (12-3), victorious in seven of 10 Octagon appearances looks to rebound from a majority decision loss this past October against Yan Xiaonan. Hill (15-12), former Invicta FC champion attempts to tie her longest winning streak as she follows up victories over Lupita Godinez and Emily Ducote earlier this year.

“We had no idea that our fight would be moved up into headlining status but we are both excited about it,” said Dern via ESPN MMA SportsCenter post on Twitter where she also asked fans which nickname they wanted for the bout – ‘Rollercoaster Ride or The Women’s Fight.’

The updated lineup is listed below:

Mackenzie Dern vs Angela Hill
Edmen Shahbazyan vs Anthony Hernandez
Andre Fialho vs Joaquin Buckley
Maheshate vs Viacheslav Borshchev
Diego Ferreira vs Michael Johnson
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Vanessa Demopoulos
Orion Cosce vs Gilbert Urbina
Ilir Latifi vs Rodrigo Nascimento
Chase Hooper rNick Fiore
Natalia Silva Victoria LeonardoClayton Carpenter Stephen Erceg

UFC president Dana White commented on the matchup during an interview Sunday night: “It should be an incredible fight between two fighters that bring completely different styles.” He added that “Hill is one of those fighters who can move around at 155 or 125 [pounds] so having her step up when needed makes things easier.”

Fans can look forward to an exciting showdown between these two top contenders as they battle it out inside of the octagon come May 20th.


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