Grasso vs. Suarez among 5 fights booked for UFC’s 1st trip to Chile

Grasso vs. Suarez among 5 fights booked for UFC’s 1st trip to Chile

The UFC’s maiden voyage to a South American nation not named Brazil is taking form.

The promotion announced a handful of bouts this week for UFC Fight Night 129 – its first bill at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile – and Alexa Grasso will meet the undefeated Tatiana Suarez in a clash of rising strawweights on May 19.

Grasso, 24, most recently got back in the win column with a split decision over Randa Markos at UFC Fight Night 114 in August, while Suarez last took a lopsided verdict over Viviane Pereira in her return from a 16-month layoff at UFC Fight Night 120 in November.

Joining the strawweights on the bill are welterweights Vicente Luque – whose father hails from Chile – and Chad Laprise. The former has stopped all five of his UFC conquests and was last seen submitting Niko Price in October. The latter has won three straight by TKO – two since moving up from lightweight.

Former Invicta FC and LFA stalwart Andrea Lee will make her long-awaited promotional debut in a flyweight tilt opposite Veronica Macedo, who’ll vie for her first UFC victory after falling to bantamweight Ashlee Evans-Smith by third-round TKO in September 2016.

A strawweight tilt between Poliana Botelho and the undefeated Syuri Kondo and a bantamweight clash between Chile’s Diego Rivas and Guido Cannetti rounds out the announcement.

The promotion has yet to announce a main event for the May bill.

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