Viviane Araujo returns to the cage in the main event of this Saturday’s UFC Vegas 62 event when she takes on Alexa Grasso in flyweight action.
Araujo (11-3-0) has won three of her last four with the one loss coming by way of a close decision to Katlyn Chookagian. With the UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko fast-running through the top contenders in the division, a big victory for Araujo could immediately put her in line for a title shot. Araujo says she is not in any rush.
“I think so, but I don’t know. The Top 5 is pretty closed, and you have really good girls that I could still face like Taila (Santos), Jessica (Andrade), Lauren (Murphy), so I believe two more wins and I will get a title shot,” she told UFC.com.
The 35-year-old is planning to put the “pressure” on Alexa Grasso this Saturday and is confident in her ability to go in and “dominate”.
“Alexa is a great athlete. We studied her game a lot and I know she’s very dangerous and aggressive with her striking, and she also has a good ground game, so I’m prepared for that. It’s five rounds, so I need to dominate and put the pressure on her. I’m coming in with my wrestling on point, and I’m focused and ready to beat her.” Araujo said.
UFC Vegas 62 takes place from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The main card will be aired live on ESPN+ from 7 pm ET.