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    Alexa Grasso pulled following Viviane Araujoโ€™s injury


    Alexa Grasso wonโ€™t be competing later this month.

    The UFC womenโ€™s flyweight contender has been pulled from UFC 270 following the withdrawal of her opponent, Viviane Araujo, a person with knowledge of the change told MMA Junkie on Saturday. UFC 270 takes place Jan. 22 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    Brazilโ€™s Araujo (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) pulled out earlier this week due to injury, which first was reported by ESPN Deportes. Itโ€™s unknown if the UFC intends to keep the matchup and reschedule for a future date or if Grasso (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will get a new opponent on an upcoming card.

    Grasso most recently fought in February 2021 and outpointed Maycee Barber in a unanimous decision at UFC 258. She was scheduled to return in November against Joanne Calderwood, but an injury halted her return. Grasso is on a two-fight winning streak since moving up to the flyweight division in 2020.

    Below is the updated line up for UFC 270:

    • Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane
    • Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
    • Movsar Evloev vs. Ilia Topuria
    • Greg Hardy vs. Aleksei Oleinik

    Preliminary ESPN, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET Edit Delete

    • Trevin Giles vs. Michael Morales
    • Said Nurmagomedov vs. Cody Stamann
    • Tony Gravely vs. Saimon Oliveira
    • Poliana Botelho vs. Ji Yeon Kim

    Preliminary ESPN+, 6:15 p.m. ET Edit Delete

    • Jack Della Maddalena vs. opponent TBA
    • Kay Hansen vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius
    • Matt Frevola vs. Genaro Valdez
    • Wellington Turman vs. Rodolfo Vieira
    • Raoni Barcelos vs. Victor Henry

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