The Ultimate Fighting Championship will not be staying away from Texas for long in 2020.
According to a report from Combate on Thursday, the promotion will be hosting an event in the capital city of Texas on June 27. The previous three trips to Austin all saw the promotion hold shows at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of University of Texas at Austin.
Additionally, Combate announced the first matchup at the event, which will take place in the women's flyweight division between two top-10 contenders. Jennifer Maia (17-6-1) will come to blows with Viviane Araujo (8-2) in a bout that likely puts the winner on a shortlist of potential contenders for a 125-pound title shot.
Former Invicta Fighting Championships flyweight champ Maia dropped a decision to eventual title challenger Katlyn Chookagian in November, snapping a two-fight winning stretch over Alexis Davis and Roxanne Modafferi. In each of her last two bouts, Maia has missed weight by more than a pound, and in all of her last eight walks in the UFC, Invicta FC and Imortal FC, she has gone the distance. During her time with Invicta, she amassed four post-fight bonuses to tie the record for the most of any fighter with the organization.
Araujo is also coming off of a defeat, losing on the scorecards for the first time in her career to Jessica Eye in December. The defeat halted a five-fight win streak, including two inside the Octagon with a knockout of Talita Bernardo and a decision over Davis. Prior to her signing with the Las Vegas-based promotion, Araujo become the second fighter to ever finish Japanese women’s MMA pioneer Emi Fujino, doing so in the third round via doctor stoppage. The first to do so? UFC strawweight queen Weili Zhang, also by doctor intervention.