UFC 197 Update: Strawweights Jessica Aguilar, Juliana Lima Paired for April 23

By Sherdog.com Staff Feb 15, 2016

Former World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar will make her sophomore Octagon appearance at UFC 197 against Brazilian striker Juliana Lima.

UFC officials confirmed the matchup on Monday following a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

UFC 197 takes place April 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with a light heavyweight title bout between reigning titlist Daniel Cormier and ex-champ Jon Jones set to headline the pay-per-view card.

Aguilar will once again go in search of her first UFC victory after dropping a unanimous decision to top contender Claudia Gadelha in her post-WSOF debut. Prior to that loss, the American Top Team product had gone unbeaten in her previous 10 fights over a four-year span, including a 5-1 run with Bellator MMA.

Lima could be looking toward 115-pound title contention as she goes for her third straight victory. Since falling to current champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her 2014 debut, “Ju Thai” has won back-to-back bouts, though she has been out of action since topping previously unbeaten Ericka Almeida in May 2015.


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