Magana vs. Cooper added to UFC 218 card
A women’s strawweight matchup between Angela Magana (11-8) and Amanda Cooper (2-3) has been added to December’s UFC 218 card. UFC officials announced the bout on Wednesday.
UFC 218 is will take place Dec. 2 from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich. Max Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Frankie Edgar in the main event.
Magana made her UFC debut in Dec. 2014 against former teammate Tecia Torres at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale. Magana lost that fight via unanimous decision. “Your Majesty” returned to the octagon in July 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale but was submitted by Michelle Waterson in the third round.
Though Magana has career wins over the likes of Barb Honchak, Jessica Aguilar and Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc, she is currently on a four-fight skid. The 34-year-old New Mexico native has finished six of her 11 career wins via submission and two by knockout.
Cooper was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 23 but was submitted by Tatiana Suarez in the finale in July 2016. Cooper made a successful rebound in Nov. 2016 with a unanimous decision over Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night 99.
In her most recent outing, the 25-year-old Michigan native was submitted by Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 209 in March. Cooper is a purple belt in BJJ and also holds a professional boxing record of 2-1.
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