Erin Blanchfield (born May 4, 1999) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is a former Eddie Bravo Invitational champion. As of August 29, 2023, she is #2 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings, and as of September 5, 2023, she is #5 in the UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.[4]

Erin Blanchfield
Born (1999-05-04) May 4, 1999 (age 24)[1]
Elmwood Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Other namesCold Blooded[2]
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach68[1] in (173 cm)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofNew York City, New York, U.S.
TeamRenzo Gracie Academy
Silver Fox BJJ[3]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Karel Pravec[3]
Years active2018–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission4
By decision6
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

A native of Elmwood Park, New Jersey,[5] Blanchfield started training jiu-jitsu at the age of seven. Two years later, she started competing in kickboxing and grappling tournaments. By the age of 12, she decided she wanted to be a professional fighter.[2]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Blanchfield fought under Fighting Championships and amassed a record of 1–0 prior to being signed by Invicta Fighting Championships.[6]

Invicta Fighting Championships edit

Blanchfield made her Invicta debut on March 17, 2018, against Brittney Cloudy at Invicta FC 30. She won the fight by split decision.[7]

Her next fight came on November 16, 2018, facing Kay Hansen at Invicta FC 32.[8] She won the fight via majority decision.[9]

On February 15, 2019, Blanchfield faced Tracy Cortez at Invicta FC 34.[10] She lost the fight via split decision.[11]

Blanchfield faced Gabriella Gulfin on June 4, 2019 at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 76.[12] She won the fight via submission in round one.[13]

On February 7, 2020, Blanchfield returned to Invicta, facing Victoria Leonardo at Invicta FC 39. In the second round Blanchfield dropped Leonardo with a head kick, finishing off the technical knockout victory with punches.[14]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Blanchfield was expected to make her UFC debut as a short notice replacement for Bea Malecki against Norma Dumont on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland in a Bantamweight bout.[15] In turn, the bout was pulled from the card by after Dumont missed weight by 3.5lbs.[16]

Blanchfield faced Sarah Alpar on September 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann.[17] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Blanchfield was expected to face Maycee Barber, replacing Montana De La Rosa, on December 11, 2021 at UFC 269.[19] However, Barber withdrew in early November due to undisclosed reasons,[20] and she was replaced by Miranda Maverick.[21] Blanchfield won the fight by unanimous decision. She furthermore set the women’s flyweight single-fight takedown record, with eight total takedowns.[22]

Blanchfield faced JJ Aldrich on June 4, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 207.[23] She won the bout via guillotine choke in the second round.[24]

Blanchfield faced Molly McCann on November 12, 2022 at UFC 281.[25] She won the fight via a kimura submission in the first round.[26]

Blanchfield was scheduled to face Taila Santos on February 18, 2023 at UFC Fight Night 219.[27] When the main event fight between Cory Sandhagen and Marlon Vera was rescheduled for another event, Blanchfield's fight against Santos was moved up to serve as the main event.[28] Santos dropped out of the bout after her cornermen were denied visas into the United States, and was replaced by former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Jéssica Andrade.[29] Blanchfield won the fight via submission in round two.[30] This win earned her the Performance of the Night award.[31]

The match with Taila Santos was rebooked and took place on August 26, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 225.[32] Blanchfield won the bout via unanimous decision.[33]

Personal life edit

Until 2021 Blanchfield was studying Television and Digital Media with a concentration in sports media at Montclair State University, with an aim to becoming a commentator.[34][2][35] Blanchfield is the daughter of George and Betsy Blanchfield, and has one brother, Brendan, who is also a mixed martial artist.[5]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Brazilian jiu-jitsu edit

  • Eddie Bravo Invitational
    • Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion (One time)[12]

Mixed martial arts edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 12 wins 1 loss
By knockout 2 0
By submission 4 0
By decision 6 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–1 Taila Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. The Korean Zombie August 26, 2023 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 11–1 Jéssica Andrade Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Blanchfield February 18, 2023 2 1:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–1 Molly McCann Submission (kimura) UFC 281 November 12, 2022 1 3:37 New York City, New York, United States
Win 9–1 JJ Aldrich Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Rozenstruik June 4, 2022 2 2:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Miranda Maverick Decision (unanimous) UFC 269 December 11, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–1 Sarah Alpar Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Brogan Walker-Sanchez Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 41: Morandin vs. Ruiz July 30, 2020 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 5–1 Victoria Leonardo KO (head kick and punches) Invicta FC 39: Frey vs. Cummins II February 7, 2020 2 2:06 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 4–1 Gabriella Gulfin Submission (americana) Cage Fury FC 76 June 14, 2019 1 3:20 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 3–1 Tracy Cortez Decision (split) Invicta FC 34: Porto vs. Gonzalez February 15, 2019 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 3–0 Kay Hansen Decision (majority) Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson November 16, 2018 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Brittney Cloudy Decision (split) Invicta FC 30: Frey vs. Grusander July 21, 2018 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 1–0 Whittany Pyles TKO (doctor stoppage) Cage Fury FC 70 March 24, 2018 1 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Flyweight debut.


See also edit

Notes edit

References edit

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  3. ^ a b "Erin Blanchfield promoted to black belt by Karel Pravec". July 31, 2020.
  4. ^ "UFC Rankings, Division Rankings, P4P rankings, UFC Champions |". Retrieved 2023-09-05.
  5. ^ a b "Montclair State Student Erin Blanchfield Continues to Work Towards Her MMA Dreams". The Montclarion. 2021-03-24. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  6. ^ a b "Erin Blanchfield MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
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