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Rodriguez vs. Torres, Macedo vs. Ostovich among UFC on ESPN+ 14 fights in Uruguay

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Several new fights have made their way to the lineup for the UFC’s debut in Uruguay later this summer.

Among the new bouts are an intriguing pair of women’s fights: Marina Rodriguez (11-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) vs. Tecia Torres (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at strawweight and Veronica Macedo (5-3-1 MMA, 0-3 UFC) vs. Rachael Ostovich (4-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at flyweight. Promotion officials announce the new bookings Friday.

In addition, Enrique Barzola (15-4-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Bobby Moffett (14-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set for featherweight; newcomers Cyril Gane (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Raphael Pessoa (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet at heavyweight in a UFC fight after their booking for the TKO promotion went awry when the event was canceled; and Geraldo de Freitas (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on Chris Gutierrez (13-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at bantamweight.

Rodriguez picked up a big win on Dana White’s Contender Series in August 2018, and her official UFC debut came about six weeks later. But she had to settle for a majority draw against Randa Markos. After a pair of bookings with Alexa Grasso were canceled due to injuries for each fighter, Rodriguez got her first win in the promotion with a decision over Jessica Aguilar at UFC on ESPN 2 in March.

Torres is badly in need of a win with decision losses in three straight fights. After a three-fight winning streak against Bec Rawlings, Juliana Lima and Michelle Waterson, she dropped a decision to new strawweight champion Jessica Andrade at UFC on FOX 28, lost to former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC on FOX 30, and was outpointed by upcoming title challenger Weili Zhang at UFC 235 in March.

Macedo has dropped three straight bouts after coming to the UFC with a 5-0-1 record. Her promotional debut came in September 2016 and was a third-round TKO loss to Ashlee Evans-Smith. She was out of action for 20 months and returned for a decision loss to Andrea Lee 13 months ago. After injury kept her on the shelf again, she was submitted by Gillian Robertson at UFC on ESPN+ 3 in February for her third straight setback.

Ostovich won her promotional debut against Karine Gavorgyan at the TUF 26 Finale after her appearance on the reality competition. But she was submitted by Montana De la Rosa at the TUF 27 Finale 11 months ago, and in January was submitted by Paige VanZant at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn.

With the additions, the latest UFC on ESPN+ 14 lineup includes:

  • Taila Santos vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
  • Rogerio Bontorin vs. Raulian Paiva
  • Enrique Barzola vs. Bobby Moffett
  • Marina Rodriguez vs. Tecia Torres
  • Cyril Gane vs. Raphael Pessoa
  • Veronica Macedo vs. Rachael Ostovich
  • Geraldo de Freitas vs. Chris Gutierrez

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 14, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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