Brazil’s Dumont made her Octagon debut last February in Norfolk, Virginia, stepping in against Megan Anderson in a featherweight contest that went sideways in a hurry. Just over three minutes into her first round in the UFC, Dumont got dropped, giving Anderson the victory that catapulted her into her recent featherweight championship clash with Amanda Nunes.

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Nine months later (less a day), “The Immortal” made her sophomore appearance, dropping to the bantamweight ranks and returning to the win column by out-working veteran Ashlee Evans-Smith over the course of 15 minutes. It was a much more representative showing of what Dumont brings to the cage, and sent her into this year with positive momentum.

This weekend, she makes her first start of 2021 in a clash with the promising newcomer Erin Blanchfield, who steps in for the injured Bea Malecki.

A 21-year-old grappler who has already logged six wins in seven starts, Blanchfield arrives on a three-fight winning streak, with her lone setback coming against emerging UFC prospect Tracy Cortez, making her a stern test for Dumont as she looks to build on her performance against Evans-Smith back in in November.

While both women are still in the developmental stages of their respective careers, this is a perfect measuring stick opportunity for Dumont to gauge where she stands in the 135-pound ranks. Blanchfield is a highly regarded prospect with quality experience to this stage of her career, and if Dumont can keep things moving forward by turning her back, it could earn the 30-year-old a step up in competition next time out.