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UFC star Sarah Kaufman eyes spot on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale card

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According to a Feb. 7 report from MMA Junkie, UFC bantamweight contender Sarah Kaufman (16-2, 1 NC) is eying a spot on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale card that is slated to go down on Apr. 16 in Quebec City.

Kaufman, 28, is open to fighting on any upcoming UFC card, but she thinks fighting on the "Nations Finale" card makes sense since she's a native of Canada.

“I would assume they want to use me in Canada, so hopefully I can get on [The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale],” Kaufman said. “Whatever card I can get onto, I just want to fight. I don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines. I don’t want to be talking with Internet warriors about if I’m good or not good. I want to say it in the cage and have it be enough said.”

Kaufman is down to fight any high-level bantamweight contenders, but she thinks Amanda Nunes would make for a tough opponent for her next bout.

“At this point, I think Amanda Nunes would be an amazing fight,” Kaufman said. “We’re both pretty aggressive; we both like to throw down. At the end of the day, we’re both very hungry to prove ourselves in the division.

“Amanda has won her first two fights, and this would be her third, so I think she really wants to step up and get up to that top echelon. To me, that’s a great fight. The fans would love it, I would love it, I think she would love it, and I think the UFC would be very happy with the result.”

Kaufman fought just once in the UFC, as she went the distance with Jessica Eye on Oct. 19, 2013, at UFC 166.

The fight was originally decided as a victory in Eye's favor, but it was overturned to a "no decision" when it was announced the Ohio native failed a pre-fight drug test because she had taken blood-thinning medication.

With most of the top 10 female bantamweights already booked for fights in the months ahead, Kaufman has been waiting patiently for her next opportunity.

The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale features a headliner of Michael Bisping against Tim Kennedy.

Should the UFC book a fight between Amanda Nunes and Sarah Kaufman? Let us know in the comments or tweet the author, @EricHolden.

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