Roxanne Modafferi vs. Jennifer Maia rematch booked for UFC on ESPN 4
Less than 24 hours after losing her initial opponent for UFC on ESPN 4, Roxanne Modafferi has a new one.
Modafferi will now take on Jennifer Maia in a flyweight bout, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to MMA Junkie on Wednesday. ESPN was first to report the news.
UFC on ESPN 4 takes place July 20 at AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Modafferi (23-15 MMA, 2-2 UFC) initially was scheduled to take on Liz Carmouche before the UFC decided to pull Carmouche out of the fight and give her a shot at flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on ESPN+ 14 on Aug. 10 in Uruguay.
Modafferi gets to remain on the San Antoni card to take on a familiar foe in Maia, as the two squared off back in 2016 for the Invicta FC flyweight title. Modafferi dropped a split decision to Maia and will now get an opportunity to avenge her loss.
Modafferi last fought in April when she scored a split-decision win over Antonina Shevchenko at UFC Russia. Modafferi is currently the No. 6 flyweight in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings.
Maia (16-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is coming off of a unanimous-decision win over former bantamweight title challenger Alexis Davis. She has won seven of her last eight bouts as she looks to crack the top five with a win over Modafferi.
With the change, the UFC on ESPN 4 lineup now includes:
- Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards
- Walt Harris vs. Aleksei Oleinik
- Juan Adams vs. Greg Hardy
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell
- Jennifer Maia vs. Roxanne Modafferi
- Irene Aldana vs. Raquel Pennington
- Dan Hooker vs. James Vick
- Ray Borg vs. Gabriel Silva
- Alex Caceres vs. Steven Peterson
- Klidson Abreu vs. Sam Alvey
- Felipe Colares vs. Domingo Pilarte
- Mario Bautista vs. Jin Soo Son
- Alexander Hernandez vs. Francisco Trinaldo
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