After losing out on a big opportunity, Manon Fiorot got an even better one.
Fiorot (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) was originally scheduled to face Jessica Eye in Saturday’s UFC 272 event, but the bout was scrapped after Eye withdrew due to injury.
But it didn’t take long for Fiorot to get booked again as she will now be taking on another former title challenger in Jennifer Maia (19-8-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 33, which takes place March 26 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Two people with knowledge of the booking confirmed the matchup to MMA Junkie on Tuesday but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Unbeaten in the UFC, France’s Fiorot went the distance for the first time in the octagon when she defeated Mayra Bueno Silva via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 195 in October. Prior to that, the former UAE Warriors flyweight champion had finished her past five opponents.
Currently ranked No. 4 in the UFC’s flyweight rankings, former title challenger Maia has split her past six fights. After defeating Eye at UFC 264, the 33-year-old former Invicta FC champ suffered a decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian in January.
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Bryan Barberena vs. Matt Brown
Nate Landwehr vs. Lerone Murphy
Alexa Grasso vs. Joanne Wood
Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov
David Dvorak vs. Matheus Nicolau
Marc Diakiese vs. Viacheslav Borshchev
Luis Saldana vs. Bruno Souza
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