Erin Blanchfield set for debut at UFC 266 vs. Sarah Alpar

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Erin Blanchfield set for debut at UFC 266 vs. Sarah Alpar
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After recent fight week cancellations for reasons out of their control, Erin Blanchfield and Sarah Alpar have been matched up against one another.

The two fighters will square off in a flyweight bout at UFC 266. The Sept. 4 pay-per-view event does not currently have a publicly known location or venue at this time.

Two people with knowledge of the matchup recently informed MMA Junkie of the booking but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

A highly touted signee coming out of Invicta FC, Blanchfield (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was scheduled to make her promotional debut in April up a weight class against Norma Dumont. However, on the day of weigh-ins, Dumont was deemed medically unfit to compete and was removed from the card after she missed the bantamweight limit by a large margin.

Alpar (9-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former LFA bantamweight champion, joined the UFC in 2020 after a successful contract-earning bid on Dana White’s Contender Series. After she lost her debut to Jessica-Rose Clark, Alpar was scheduled to fight Stephanie Egger at this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 188. However, both Egger and the subsequent replacement, Lupita Godinez, withdrew and Alpar was pulled from the card.

With the addition, the UFC 266 lineup includes:

  • Champion Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira – for light heavyweight title

  • Sarah Alpar vs. Erin Blanchfield