The UFC’s year-end pay-per-view card will not include strawweight contender Jessica Andrade.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced on Wednesday that a featured 115-pound contest between Andrade and Maryna Moroz at UFC 207 has been canceled due to an undisclosed injury suffered by Moroz. Andrade vs. Moroz was scheduled to kick off the pay-per-view; instead, a flyweight clash between Louis Smolka and Ray Borg will begin that portion of the card.
UFC 207 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 30 and is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title showdown between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey. In the co-main event, Dominick Cruz will defend the bantamweight strap against Cody Garbrandt.
Andrade appeared hopeful of receiving a replacement opponent earlier this week, as the Brazilian fighter was in Las Vegas completing her pre-fight medicals. However, the promotion elected not to make a replacement fight.
After beginning her UFC tenure as a bantamweight, Andrade has emerged as a contender at 115 pounds. “Bate Estaca” earned a dominant second-round TKO over Jessica Penne in her strawweight debut at UFC 199 before submitting Joanne Calderwood in the first round in her most recent outing at UFC 203.