UFC 293 has suffered a setback as a result of an injury to Casey O'Neill which has forced her to withdraw from her scheduled bout against Viviane Araujo.
UFC 293 has suffered a setback as a result of an injury to Casey O’Neill which has forced her to withdraw from her scheduled bout against Viviane Araujo. O’Neill suffered a broken nose leading to her withdrawal from the event. Stepping in to take her place is Jennifer Maia. She recently defeated O’Neill in a previous matchup at UFC 286. The news was initially reported by MMA Junkie.
The event is set to take place on September 10 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. She is currently without a scheduled headliner. However, multiple reports suggest that a middleweight title fight between champion Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland is a potential frontrunner for the main event.
Viviane Araujo is currently ranked No. 14 in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings for flyweight. She has faced challenges in her recent outings with a 1-3 record in her last four fights. Her most recent fight resulted in a decision loss to Amanda Ribas at UFC 285.
Jennifer Maia is ranked No. 10. She is coming into the fight on a two-fight winning streak. Maia will now step in to face Araujo on short notice. She will be aiming to capitalize on her recent momentum and secure another victory in the flyweight division.
Casey O’Neill took to Twitter to confirm her withdrawal from the fight and announced her upcoming surgery to repair her broken nose. While her bout against Araujo will not take place as originally planned. O’Neill remains focused on her recovery and future opportunities in the UFC.
As the UFC 293 card continues to take shape, fans can anticipate an exciting showdown between Jennifer Maia and Viviane Araujo. The matchup will serve as a pivotal moment for both fighters as they aim to make their mark in the flyweight division and move closer to title contention. The event promises to deliver action-packed bouts and thrilling moments as fighters strive to showcase their skills on the grand stage of the octagon.
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