Alexa Grasso pulled following Viviane Araujo’s injury

    Alexa Grasso won’t be competing later this month.

    The UFC women’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.

    Brazil’s Araujo (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) pulled out earlier this week due to injury, which first was reported by ESPN Deportes. It’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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