Pannie Kianzad vs. Lina Lansberg set for UFC Fight Night on April 16

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A pair of Swedish women’s bantamweights will collide on April 16, with Pannie Kianzad facing Lina Lansberg in a rematch nearly 10 years in the making.

MMA Junkie today confirmed with a person with knowledge of the booking that the contest is expected to take place at a UFC Fight Night event on April 16. That person requested anonymity because promotion officials have yet to make a formal announcement.

The matchup was first reported by FrontKick.online.

Lansberg currently sits at No. 13 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie women’s bantamweight rankings, while Kianzad is an honorable mention. Kianzad was victorious in their first meeting, a 2012 clash on the Swedish regional scene.

Kianzad (15-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC), a finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 28” fought most recently in September, suffering a decision loss to Raquel Pennington. The setback snapped a four-fight winning streak for “Banzai,” who had previously scored wins over Alexis Davis, Sijara Eubanks, Bethe Correia and Jessica-Rose Clark.

Meanwhile, Lansberg (10-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is also looking to rebound from a loss after falling short on the cards against Sara McMann in January 2020. She now returns from more than two years on the sidelines, during which she gave birth to a daughter.

With the addition to the card, the UFC Fight Night lineup on April 16 includes:

  • Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad

  • Brandon Jenkins vs. Drakkar Klose

  • Miguel Baeza vs. Dhiego Lima

  • Chris Barnett vs. Martin Buday

  • Pannie Kianzad vs. Lina Lansberg

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