Nadia Kassem partakes in UFC Auckland Lewis vs Hunt
Nadia Kassem makes debut in UFC / Pic: MMAImports

UFC Fight Night 110 Lewis vs. Hunt fight card

UFC returns to New Zealand on Sunday June 11. The event is the first promotion since 2014. Vector Arena in Auckland accommodates an international fight bill with the ten-fight program announced to date.

The main event is set with American Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis up against New Zealand-born residing in Australia Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt. The fight card comprises the A-list fighters representing Oceania facing off American, Japanese and Brazilian athletes.

A women’s MMA contest was added to the card on Friday. Nadia Kassem of Australia takes on American JJ Aldrich in the strawweight bout.

Representing Australian Top Team, the 21-year-old Kassem makes her debut in the UFC. She is bringing the 4-0 record to the table.

The 24-year-old Aldrich is a 4-2 competitor. Coming out of a defeat against Juliana Lima, she is making her second appearance in the leading MMA promotion. She has previously had 4 bouts in Invicta FC as well as the challenge at the FCF promotion.

With the addition, UFC Auckland fight card looks as the following:

Derrick Lewis (18-4-0, 1 NC) vs. Mark Hunt (12-11-1, 1 NC)
Dan Kelly (13-1-0) vs. Derek Brunson (16-5-0)
Joseph Benavidez (25-4-0) vs. Ben Nguyen (16-6-0)
John Moraga (16-6-0) vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-1-0)
Dan Hooker (14-7-0) vs. Ross Pearson (21-13-0, 1NC)
Damien Brown (17-9-0) vs. Vinc Pichel (9-1-0)
Alex Volkanovski (14-1) vs. Mizuto Hirota (18-7-2)
Kiichi Kunimoto (18-6-2, 1NC) vs. Warlley Alves (11-2-0)
Like Jumeau (11-3-0) vs. Dominique Steele (11-8-0)
Nadia Kassem (4-0-0) vs. JJ Aldrich (4-2-0)

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Misagh Norouzi
Misagh Norouzi is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is training and fighting under the patronage of a prominent Thai master Top Sangmorakot. Norouzi is an author and reporter at FIGHTMAG. He covers local and national news.

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