Hailey Cowan has her first UFC assignment.
At the UFC Fight Night event scheduled for February 25, Cowan (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face promotional promotion number two Ailin Perez (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Although no location has yet been announced, the card is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas pending any unforeseen changes.
Contracts for the bantamweight bout have yet to be signed, but verbal agreements are in place.
Two people with knowledge of the match recently informed MMA Junkie of the impending booking, but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Cowan, 30, signed a contract with the UFC after a successful split decision performance in Dana White’s Contender Series in August. The win over Claudia Leite marked her seventh win in her last eight outings and earned praise from UFC President Dana White.
Perez, 28, made her UFC debut in September at a weight class against Stephanie Egger. Although she lost via submission in the second round, Perez boosted her notoriety the day before with a ceremonial twerk that went viral.
With this addition, the February 25 UFC Fight Night lineup includes:
- Jordan Leavitt vs Victor Martinez
- Denys Bondar vs Ode Osbourne
- Hailey Cowan vs. Ailin Perez