A featherweight contest between two of the divisions most exciting prospects, Yair Rodríguez and Andre Fili, has officially been added to UFC 197 in Las Vegas.

Rodríguez (6-1), winner of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, has yet to taste defeat under the UFC banner. In his most recent effort, the Mexico native earned a decision over UFC veteran Dan Hooker at UFC 192 in October. The Jackson-Winkeljohn product previously earned decisions over Charles Rosa and Leonardo Morales in his first two UFC bouts.

Fili (15–3), a Team Alpha Male product, was last seen walking away with a violent first round head kick knockout over Gabriel Benitez in November, earning a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. Prior to this win, “Touchy” found himself on the wrong end of a flying triangle choke, courtesy of Godofredo Pepey.

Also made official for the card is a women’s strawweight bout between former WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar and Juliana Lima. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the news on Monday, which was later confirmed by UFC officials.

Aguilar (19-5) will be looking to pick up her first UFC winer after dropping her debut to current number one contender Claudia Gadelha at UFC 190 in August. The loss snapped her 10 fight wins streak, which dated back to 2010. “Jag” previoulsy defended her WSOF with decision over Kalindra Faria and Emi Fujino before signing with the UFC.

Lima (8-2) will be looking to improve on her two fight win streak. In her most recent bout, the Brazilian earned a decision over Ericka Almeida in May. To date her last setback came at the hands of current UFC champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

UFC 197 is currently scheduled to take place on April 23 in Las Vegas. A light heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and former champ Jon Jones will serve as the headlining act. In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson puts his flyweight title on the line against former Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo.

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