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Erin Blanchfield: The story of the UFC Flyweight you should know

LockerRoom Team
11 July 2023

Erin Blanchfield is an American MMA fighter who currently fights in the UFC.

Passion from a young age

Born on May 4, 1999, Blanchfield hails from Elmwood Park, New Jersey. With a passion for martial arts from a young age, she began training in jiu-jitsu at the tender age of seven and soon started competing in kickboxing and grappling tournaments. By the age of 12, she had set her sights on becoming a professional fighter.

Blanchfield's journey in the world of combat sports began with Fighting Championships, where she amassed an impressive record of 1-0. Her skills and determination caught the attention of Invicta Fighting Championships, leading to her signing with the promotion.

Fighting in Invicta Fighting Championship

On March 17, 2018, Blanchfield made her Invicta debut at Invicta FC 30, facing off against Brittney Cloudy. In a closely contested match, Blanchfield emerged victorious with a split decision win.

Continuing her successful run in Invicta, Blanchfield faced Kay Hansen at Invicta FC 32 on November 16, 2018. With her resilience and technique, she secured a majority decision win.

Blanchfield encountered a setback on February 15, 2019, when she faced Tracy Cortez at Invicta FC 34 and lost the fight via split decision. However, she didn't let this deter her and continued to refine her skills.

Returning to the cage on June 4, 2019, at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 76, Blanchfield faced Gabriella Gulfin. She demonstrated her submission prowess, finishing the fight in the first round with a submission victory.

Debut in the UFC

Blanchfield made her highly anticipated UFC debut on February 7, 2020, at Invicta FC 39, where she faced Victoria Leonardo. In an impressive performance, Blanchfield secured a technical knockout victory with a head kick and punches.

She was set to make her official UFC debut as a short-notice replacement for Bea Malecki against Norma Dumont on April 10, 2021, at UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland. However, the bout was cancelled after Dumont missed weight.

Blanchfield returned to the octagon on September 18, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann, facing Sarah Alpar. With her strategic approach and well-rounded skills, Blanchfield earned a unanimous decision victory.

Stepping up to face top-tier opponents, Blanchfield was slated to fight Maycee Barber at UFC 269 on December 11, 2021, replacing Montana De La Rosa. Although Barber withdrew from the bout due to undisclosed reasons, Blanchfield faced Miranda Maverick as a replacement. Blanchfield showcased her dominance and set the women's flyweight single-fight takedown record, securing a unanimous decision victory.

Run in the UFC

Blanchfield continued her winning streak on June 4, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 207, when she faced JJ Aldrich. With a well-executed guillotine choke in the second round, Blanchfield emerged triumphant.

In her latest outing on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281, Blanchfield squared off against Molly McCann. She showcased her submission skills once again, securing a kimura submission in the first round, cementing her position as a force to be reckoned with in the division.

Blanchfield was scheduled to face Taila Santos on February 18, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 219. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the fight was rescheduled, and Blanchfield faced Jéssica Andrade as a replacement. Blanchfield proved her mettle by securing a submission victory in the second round, earning her the Performance of the Night award.

Now, Blanchfield eagerly awaits her rematch with Taila Santos, which is set to take place on August 26, 2023, at UFC on ESPN: Holloway vs. The Korean Zombie.

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