Lupita Godinez is once again taking a fight as a short-notice replacement.
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Damon Martin confirmed with sources with knowledge of the new matchup that Godinez (6-2) is stepping in for Cheyanne Buys to fight Loma Lookboonmee (6-2) at UFC Vegas 43 on Nov. 20. MMA DNA was first to report the change.
Buys announced via Instagram that her withdrawal was due to a positive COVID-19 test.
This marks the third time that Godinez has accepted a UFC bout as a short-notice replacement and her third fight since Oct. 9. She debuted at UFC Vegas 24 in April as a replacement for Hannah Goldy and subsequently lost a split decision to Jessica Penne. Godinez rebounded with a first-round submission win over Silvana Gomez Juarez in October, then fought Luana Carolina just one week later as a replacement for Sijara Eubanks. Carolina defeated Godinez by unanimous decision.