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Travel restrictions move Jennifer Maia vs. Viviane Araujo to Aug. 1 UFC event

Jennifer Maia (EL, Invicta FC)
Jennifer Maia (pictured) will fight fellow Brazilian flyweight Viviane Araujo in August.
Esther Lin, Invicta FC

Jennifer Maia and Viviane Araujo will not fight on June 27 after all.

The Brazilian flyweights were scheduled to fight next week in Las Vegas, but the match was moved to an Aug. 1 event since both fighters are still grounded in Brazil due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, multiple people with knowledge of the move told MMA Fighting.

The promotion was also forced to pull four Brazilians from last week’s event for the same reason earlier this month. Both the June 27 and Aug. 1 cards take place at UFC APEX without an audience.

Araujo (8-2) is looking to rebound from her first UFC loss, a decision setback to former title contender Jessica Eye. The Brazilian, who once held the Pancrase strawweight championship, beat Talita Bernardo at bantamweight in her octagon debut before making flyweight her home in 2019 by defeating Alexis Davis.

Maia (17-6-1), a former Invicta FC flyweight champion, is coming off a decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian in November. The 31-year-old veteran holds a 2-2 record under the UFC banner with wins over Alexis Davis and Roxanne Modafferi.

The Aug. 1 card features a bantamweight showdown between Holly Holm and Irene Aldana in the main event.

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