Ranked strawweights are set to square off at UFC 273.

Mackenzie Dern (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) meets Tecia Torres (13-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) on April 9 at the pay-per-view event that doesn’t have a venue or location announced.

MMA Junkie confirmed the bout with two people close to the situation. Torres announced Wednesday on Twitter that the fight was booked.

I got my Top 5 fight Cracking into that Top 5 April 9th at #UFC273 #TeamTiny #ToTheTop #TorresVsDern #LetsGo #ThisIsMyYear #Climbing @ufc pic.twitter.com/tvyY4OsZGE

— Tecia Torres (@TeciaTorres) January 12, 2022

Dern will look to rebound from her unanimous decision loss to Marina Rodriguez in her first UFC headliner last October. Prior to that, the jiu-jitsu ace won four straight, three by first-round submission. Dern also has earned four bonuses in her past five fights.

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Meanwhile, Torres is enjoying her best run in years. After dropping four straight bouts from 2018 through to 2019, Torres rebounded by winning three in a row, most recently defeating Angela Hill for a second time at UFC 265 in August.

With the addition, the April 9 UFC lineup includes:

Champ Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung – for featherweight title
Champ Aljamain Sterling vs. interim champ Petr Yan – to unify bantamweight title
Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres
Irene Aldana vs. Aspen Ladd
Pat Sabatini vs. Gavin Tucker


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