Popular Ultimate Fighting Championship prospect Paige VanZant has been given a new Dec. 10 opponent in her first main event at UFC Fight Night 80 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
UFC President Dana White announced Wednesday that VanZant (6-1) will face third-ranked strawweight Rose Namajunas (3-2), who's replacing Joanne Calderwood.
Calderwood was forced to withdraw after sustaining an injury.
The matchup becomes tougher for VanZant.
Namajunas was a runner-up on a previous “The Ultimate Fighter,” losing in the final to Carla Esparza via submission. Esparza won the strawweight belt with that victory, then was defeated by current champion Joanna...