Juliana Lima meets Randa Markos at UFC on FOX 27 in Charlotte

The UFC’s return to North Carolina after a nearly eight-year absence continues to build with the addition of a women’s strawweight bout.

Juliana Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is set to take on Randa Markos (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 27 in January. Promotion officials announced the new booking today after an initial report from MMADNA.nl.

UFC on FOX 27 takes place Jan. 27 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. The main card will air on FOX after prelims expected for either FOX or FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. No headliner has been announced for the event yet, which will be the UFC’s first show in North Carolina in nearly eight years.

Juliana Lima

Lima is coming off a submission loss to Tecia Torres in July at the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas. She’s been up and down her past four fights with decision wins over Ericka Almeida and J.J. Aldrich, but the loss to Torres and a decision setback against Carla Esparza.

Canada’s Markos needs to rebound from a loss, as well. She has not had a winning streak since starting her pro career 3-0 – but she’s also never lost two consecutive fights. The entirety of her seven-fight UFC tenure has been down, then back up.

In August, she dropped a split decision to Alexa Grasso in Mexico City. Prior to that, she won a split call against Esparza in Halifax to rebound from a submission loss to Cortney Casey at UFC 206 in August 2016.

For more on UFC on FOX 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale results: Tecia Torres chokes out Juliana Lima for first stoppage win of career

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When Tecia Torres couldn’t inflict her ground game on Juliana Lima, she had to settle for letting Lima’s ground game come to her.

That paid off early in the second round, as Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) pivoted off a Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) takedown attempt to take the back and sink the rear-naked choke, forcing the tap at the 0:53 mark of Round 2.

The women’s strawweight was part of today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The preliminary-card bout streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the FS1-televised prelims and main card.

After being taken down early in the opening round and then battling back to her feet, Torres struggled to turn the tables on the bigger Lima. After a takedown attempt from the clinch was stymied when Lima grabbed the fence to stay on her feet, Torres had to use her speed to dart in and out with strikes.

She was still finding success in the stand-up game to start the second, forcing Lima back towards the fence with punches when Lima came lunging forward in search of a takedown. Torres defended and then swung quickly to Lima’s back, locking up the choke as they fell to the mat.

Lima tried to defend the choke, but as Torres slipped the forearm under her chin and squeezed she had no choice but to submit, bringing an end to the bout less than a minute into the second round.

“At this point in my career, I feel like if I want to fight with the best, I have to be able to beat everybody else in the division,” Torres said. “I really wanted the opportunity to fight Juliana and I felt confident with my training thus far in Colorado.

“I think that ‘Karate Hottie’ (Michelle Waterson) can get me the title shot. I understand that she’s coming off a loss against Rose (Namajunas) in her last fight. That’s who I’ve been waiting for – karate vs.versus karate – and I think that’s a big enough fight to propel me into the No. 1 contender spot. I can be ready to go again as soon as late August.”

The win makes it two in a row for Torres, who earned the first stoppage victory of her pro career. Lima has now lost two of her last three.

Up-to-the-minute TUF 25 Finale results include:

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd scratched from tonight's TUF 25 Finale lineup

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Tonight’s lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale has a late scratch.

Bantamweight Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) today announced her fight with promotional newcomer Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been canceled (via Instagram):

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UFC officials subsequently made a formal announcement, citing an “illness” for Ladd.

The TUF 25 Finale takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Eye vs. Ladd was scheduled to open the FS1-televised prelims. As a result, strawweights Juliana Lima (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Tecia Torres (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have moved from the UFC Fight Pass prelims to the open the FS1 slot.

The card now continues with 11 bouts and kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The new TUF 25 Finale lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Michael Johnson vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Dhiego Lima vs. Jesse Taylor – “TUF 25” tournament final
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Nick Roehrick
  • Brad Tavares vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Marcel Fortuna vs. Jordan Johnson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Tom Gallicchio vs. James Krause
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Ed Herman
  • Juliana Lima vs. Tecia Torres

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Gray Maynard

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Amanda Ribas claims innocence after potential anti-doping violation, vows to be UFC champ

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On the heels of being pulled from her UFC debut due do a potential anti-doping policy violation, Amanda Ribas said she hopes to prove her innocence.

On Thursday, the UFC and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Ribas (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) had been informed of a potential violation and pulled from her promotional debut against Juliana Lima (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) next month at the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas.

Today, the women’s strawweight told MMAjunkie in a text message she did not knowingly take any illegal substances and still harbors a goal of becoming a UFC champion.

“I have been competing at a high level in judo and bjj since I was very young,” Ribas said in the message. “Recently, I have achieved my dream of fighting in the UFC. I’m completely against any form of cheating in sports, as the use of PEDs. During my whole career I have never made use of any illegal substance, and I did not use anything now. I have no idea as to the origin of my positive test with USADA. I am working with USADA along with my managers and trainers to find out how this happened. I will prove my innocence. I will fight in the UFC and I will become UFC champ!”

Ribas and Lima were set to meet in a women’s strawweight fight at the TUF 25 Finale, which takes place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Ribas was flagged, USADA said in a statement, for an out-of-competition sample collected earlier this month on June 7. The UFC is seeking a new opponent for Lima so she can remain on the card.

Ribas, who turned pro in 2014, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt. The 23-year-old Brazilian and American Top Team fighter has won six of her seven pro bouts with three knockouts and two submissions.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC newcomer Amanda Ribas flagged for potential anti-doping violation, pulled from TUF 25 Finale

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Amanda Ribas’ UFC debut is not off to a good start.

Ahead of her planned promotional debut against Juliana Lima (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) next month at the TUF 25 Finale, Ribas (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been informed a potential anti-doping policy violation and has been pulled from the fight. The UFC made the announcement today after receiving notification from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Ribas and Lima were set to meet in a women’s strawweight fight at the TUF 25 Finale, which takes place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Ribas was flagged, USADA said in a statement, for an out-of-competition sample collected earlier this month on June 7. The UFC is seeking a new opponent for Lima so she can remain on the card.

Ribas, who turned pro in 2014, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt. The 23-year-old Brazilian and American Top Team fighter has won six of her seven pro bouts with three knockouts and two submissions.

Lima, a 35-year-old Brazilian, recently rebounded from a decision loss to former champion Carla Esparza with a decision victory over J.J. Aldrich. She’s now 3-1 since a 2014 loss to now-champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who won the title two bouts after defeating Lima.

The latest TUF 25 Finale card includes:

  • Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson
  • TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 25” welterweight tournament final
  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Gray Maynard
  • Brad Tavares vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Steve Bosse vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose
  • Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Marcel Fortuna vs. Jordan Johnson
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Ed Herman
  • Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd
  • Juliana Lima vs. TBA

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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