Viviane Araujo

Vivi

Brazil

Finds range after slow start
FlyweightUFC
May 14, 2022
Araujo defeated Andrea Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27) at UFC on ESPN 36 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It looked bleak for Araujo in the opening moments of the fight, but ended up being a rout in her favor. She was clipped by a big combination from Lee which ended with a massive head kick. It appeared as if Viviane may have been out on her feet for a moment, but she quickly got her act together and set about dissecting Lee the rest of the way. Araujo has a reasonable floor because she's solid everywhere and has proven to be durable over the course of her career -- she showed it in this one -- but she turns 36 years of age this coming November, has had a ton of difficulty stopping her opposition and has never had much success against better competition. Araujo's ceiling is lower than her 5-2 record in the UFC would lead you to believe.
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Matched against Andrea Lee
FlyweightUFC
January 21, 2022
Araujo will take on Andrea Lee in a flyweight fight on May 14, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Araujo had been set to face Alexa Grasso on Saturday but withdrew with an injury in early January. She'll be looking to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian in May, a result which dropped her UFC record to 4-2. Her opponent, Lee, is riding a streak of two straight victories.
Injured, off UFC 270 card
FlyweightUFC
January 6, 2022
Araujo is dealing with an injury and has pulled out of the Jan. 22 card against Alexa Grasso, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
ANALYSIS
Araujo's withdrawal comes a couple of weeks before the bout, which will likely leave UFC organizers enough time to find a replacement for the fight. It's unclear exactly what the injury is forcing her to withdraw from the bout, but she'll have to wait at least a little bit longer to get back in the Octagon.
Paired with Alexa Grasso
FlyweightUFC
October 19, 2021
Araujo will fight Alexa Grasso at UFC 270 on Jan. 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Araujo will be looking to bounce back from her unanimous-decision defeat against Katlyn Chookagian in May. Prior to that setback, she'd won four of her first five UFC fights. Her opponent, Grasso, has won five of her eight fights under the UFC banner, including both of her last two.
Drops tight decision in Houston
FlyweightUFC
May 15, 2021
Araujo lost to Katlyn Chookagian via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 262 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Araujo fought considerably better than the "unanimous decision" term would lead you to believe. In fact, there's a real case to be made that she deserved a 29-28 decision. The only round that wasn't in question was the third, and that went to Chookagian. Araujo was better in the first, and the second was a toss-up. The one thing that is not up for debate is that the Brazilian's gas tank let her down. Araujo slowed considerably as the fight progressed, and correct or not, it ended up costing her the bout. Set to turn 35 years of age this coming November, Araujo's ceiling is extremely limited despite her 4-2 career mark in the UFC.
Set to fight in May
FlyweightUFC
February 17, 2021
Araujo will take on Katlyn Chookagian in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for May 15, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Araujo defeated Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Island 8 in January, bringing her record with the promotion to 3-1. She'll now face off against one of the top fighters in the division in May. Chookagian defeated Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision at UFC 255 in November. Chookagian has a height advantage, but the two fighters are even in reach.