The UFC 270 card has suffered a significant drop, as Brazilian Viviane Araujo, ranked number six in the flyweight, suffered an injury that will prevent her from facing Alexa Grasso on January 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, as confirmed ESPN Digital sources. The promotion would be looking for a replacement to keep the Mexican on the card.
Araujo (10-3) is coming off a 2021 in which she beat veteran Roxanne Modafferi at UFC in January and then fell to former challenger Katyln Chookagian at UFC 262, in a match held in Houston.
Grasso (13-3) is originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, where he trains at Lobo Gym and is looking for his third fight at 125 pounds. After reaching the Top 10 strawweight, where she faced former champion Carla Esparza and former challenger Karolina Kowalkievicz in 2019, she moved up the division in 2020, where she debuted against Ji Yeon Kim with victory in August and in 2021 she gave a good display against Maycee Barber at UFC 258 to clinch the win.
The UFC had announced Grasso as Joanne Wood’s rival for UFC 269 in December, however an injury delayed her return to the Octagon and Taila Santos stepped in to face the Scotswoman.
UFC 270 will be the first numbered event of 2022 with two championship fights, with Francis Ngannou unifying the whole with interim Cyril Gane, in addition to the fly scepter, when Brandon Moreno from Tijuana defends for the first time against Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo.