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Viviane Araujo has been forced to pull out of a proposed flyweight bout against Jennifer Maia at UFC Fight Night 173 after testing positive for COVID-19.
MMAFighting.com first brought word of Araujo’s withdrawal from the card. According to Combate, Joanne Calderwood has been targeted as a replacement opponent for Maia, but that bout has not been finalized. Calderwood had been scheduled to challenge reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko prior to the pandemic at UFC 251 in Australia on June 6, but Shevchenko had to withdrew from the event due to injury. At the time, the bout was expected to be rebooked at a later date.
UFC Fight Night 173 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Aug. 1 and is headlined by a bantamweight tilt between Holly Holm and Irene Aldana. The card is expected to air on ESPN+.
Araujo had a five-bout winning streak snapped in her most recent outing, as she dropped a three-round verdict against Jessica Eye at UFC 245. The 33-year-old Brazilian owns wins over Alexis Davis and Talita Bernardo in the Octagon.
A former Invicta champion, Maia has gone 2-2 during her promotional tenure. Most recently, she fell to Katlyn Chookagian via unanimous decision at UFC 244.
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