Viviane Araujo


Drops tight decision in Houston
May 15, 2021
Araujo lost to Katlyn Chookagian via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 262 on Saturday in Houston.
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.
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Set to fight in May
February 17, 2021
Araujo will take on Katlyn Chookagian in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for May 15, Brett Okamoto of reports.
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.
Complete performance in Abu Dhabi
January 20, 2021
Araujo defeated Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
Clearly a faster and more diverse striker, Araujo was perfectly content to let this fight play out on the feet early. Just two minutes in, Araujo had already landed a solid upper cut and started to create some swelling on the face of Modafferi. At the midway point, a big right hook even briefly dropped Modafferi. When Modafferi finally attempted a takedown, Araujo reversed position and landed a few more power shots before taking the back and trying a rear-naked choke. Modafferi held on, but all the momentum was on Araujo's side heading into Round 2. Nothing changed in the second frame, as Araujo continued pulling away in the striking counts while stuffing any grappling initiation attempted by her opponent. Araujo tasted Modafferi's power for a moment, but quickly shook it off and was able to secure another takedown to finish the round on top. Araujo's damage started to become evident in Round 3, though a bloodied Modafferi kept pressing forward. While Araujo was tiring, she still earned a takedown in the final minute and yet again finished the round in favorable position. The 34-year-old improves to 3-1 in the UFC.
Upcoming fight bumped up
December 22, 2020
Araujo's upcoming flyweight fight against Roxanne Modafferi was moved up 10 days to Jan. 20, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Three other fights have been moved up 10 days from Jan. 30 to Jan. 20. The card will take place in Abu Dhabi. Araujo has the looks of a massive betting favorite for this matchup, with oddsmakers listing her as a (-335) favorite as of early-January.
In line for date with Modafferi
October 11, 2020
Araujo is being targeted for a flyweight matchup against Roxanne Modafferi at the UFC event scheduled for Jan. 30, reports.
Araujo is 3-1 under the UFC banner, most recently picking up a decision from Montana de la Rosa in September. She'll now face a pioneer of women's MMA in Modaferri, but also a fighter who has alternated wins and losses in each of her last eight fights. Modafferi is coming off a win, however, earning a decision from Andrea Lee back on Sept. 5. Araujo will give up height and reach advantages to Modafferi, but has advantages in both striking and wrestling volume, albeit over a shorter sample size. Araujo would be wise to get Modafferi to the mat in this one, as "The Happy Warrior" sports just a 36 percent takedown defense.
Coasts to easy decision victory
September 5, 2020
Araujo defeated Montana De La Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a rather academic performance from Araujo, who needed little more than low kicks, a jab, and an occasional overhand right to take a clear decision victory. The last time we saw Araujo in the cage she took an unexpected loss at the hands of Jessica Eye, so perhaps there were some jitters at play, but it's notable that she was unable to put away her opponent despite having significant advantages almost everywhere. A win is a win, but for someone like Araujo who is expected to be one to watch in this division, fight fans could be excused for wanting to see a bit more. Regardless, she improves to 9-2 in professional MMA as a result of the win.