Erin Blanchfield’s path to a UFC title shot has become shorter, or according to her, it’s already complete. The 24-year-old flyweight fighter extended her unblemished UFC record to 6-0 with a unanimous decision victory over former title challenger Taila Santos at UFC Singapore. While her performance wasn’t overwhelmingly dominant, Blanchfield believes her impressive track record and previous achievements justify her contention for a championship opportunity.
Blanchfield expressed her confidence in her post-fight interview with UFC.com, stating, “This definitely can make me the No. 1 contender for the title shot next.” She acknowledged that Manon Fiorot and Rose Namajunas are also in the mix, with Fiorot and Namajunas set to compete soon. However, Blanchfield emphasized that her sixth consecutive win in the flyweight division, coupled with her recent victory over a former champion and a fighter who nearly defeated the current champ, positions her as the rightful contender.
Currently, flyweight champion Alexa Grasso is preparing to defend her title against Valentina Shevchenko in a rematch. This title bout will take place at Noche UFC on September 16. The flyweight division is also witnessing the entrance of Manon Fiorot, who is facing former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. Blanchfield acknowledged the range of possibilities, given the outcome of these upcoming matchups, and highlighted that whoever emerges victorious in the Grasso vs. Shevchenko 2 bout will have several options to consider.
While Rose Namajunas is a popular figure and a potential candidate, Blanchfield has her sights set on Fiorot. She expressed her belief that Fiorot has the edge due to her size advantage, even though both fighters are formidable.
Although a finish against Santos might have bolstered Blanchfield’s case for a title shot, she appreciates the challenging three-round battle they engaged in. Blanchfield recognizes the value of tough fights, acknowledging that they contribute to personal growth and development as a fighter.
In a division with exciting matchups and contenders, Blanchfield’s consistent success and conviction make her a notable contender for the flyweight title, marking the ascent of a promising talent in the UFC.