Flyweight contenders Joanne Calderwood, Lauren Murphy to square off at UFC 263

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Top women’s flyweights will collide at an upcoming UFC pay-per-view.

At UFC 263 on June 12, Joanne Calderwood and Lauren Murphy are set to square off in what could be a title eliminator. The event does not currently have a publicly known location or venue.

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

Murphy (14-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) currently rides the longest winning streak of her UFC career. She’s racked up consecutive victories over Mara Romero Borella, Andrea Lee, Roxanne Modafferi, and most recently Liliya Shakirova at UFC 254 last October.

Meanwhile, Calderwood (15-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) alternated losses and wins over her most recent four outings, though she’s won four of six. In 2020, Calderwood was booked to challenge women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko in June. When Shevchenko withdrew due to injury, Calderwood elected to fight Jennifer Maia rather than wait for the champion to heal. Calderwood lost to Maia by first-round submission.

At UFC 257 in January, Calderwood returned and defeated former title challenger Jessica Eye via unanimous decision.

With the addition, the UFC 263 lineup includes:

  • Champion Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno – for flyweight title

  • Jake Collier vs. Carlos Felipe

  • Luigi Vendramini vs. Fares Ziam

  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Movsar Evloev

  • Sijara Eubanks vs. Karol Rosa

  • Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill

  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Lauren Murphy