Antonina Shevchenko (5-0) will still headline next week’s Dana White’s Contender Series 11 event, albeit against a new opponent.Shortly after MMAjunkie reported that Silvana Juarez was forced to withdraw from the contest, UFC officials revealed that Jaimelene Nievera (7-3) has agreed to step in on short notice. Dana Whites Contender Series 11 takes place June 26 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. Nievera has been fighting professionally since 2014, eventually earning a 2-1 mark under the Bellator MMA banner after opening on the regional scene. Nievera fought most recently under the LFA banner less than two weeks ago, scoring a decision win over Katy Collins. The result gave the 33-year-old Californian a three-fight winning streak. Shevchenko, 33, is a world champion kickboxing and muay Thai fighter with three professional MMA bouts to her credit. She first competed in MMA in 2005 before fighting twice last year under the Phoenix FC banner. Shes undefeated in MMA, with all three of her wins coming by way of unanimous decision. The latest Dana White’s Contender Series 11 lineup includes:
Antonina Shevchenko vs. Jaimelene Nievera
Te Edwards vs. Austin Tweedy
Greg Rebello vs. opponent TBA
Jamall Emmers vs. Julian Erosa
Tim Caron vs. Andrew Todhunter
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