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One of the sport’s hottest prospects returns to the UFC in October following a 14-month absence.

Mackenzie Dern will meet Amanda Ribas in a strawweight fight at UFC on ESPN+ 19. MMA Junkie confirmed the bout through a person with knowledge of the situation following an initial report by ESPN.

Dern (7-0 MMA; 2-0 UFC) last competed at UFC 224, where she scored a first-round submission victory over Amanda Cooper. The was the multiple-time World Jiu-Jitsu Championship gold medalist’s fourth career submission win. The 26-year-old gave birth to her first child last month, which helps explain her long break from fighting.

Ribas (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), meanwhile, brings her own reputation as a finisher into the bout. She has six finishes in her seven career victories, including her second-round submission of Emily Whitmire in her UFC debut on Jun. 29.

UFC on ESPN+ 19 on Oct. 12 has not yet had a venue named.

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