- Alexa Grassp has opened as the -160 betting favorite against Viviane Araujo at UFC on ESPN 41 on August 13th.
- Araujo opened at +140 odds after hitting the betting boards at +115 when these two were first booked to fight earlier this year.
- Grasso and Araujo were scheduled to fight at UFC 270 last January 22nd but Araujo suffered an injury while training and the bout were rescheduled.
Sportsbooks slightly favor Alexa Grasso to defeat Vivianne Araujo in a showdown between rising female flyweights on August 13th.
Grasso has opened as the -160 betting favorite against Araujo who is currently listed as the +140 underdog in this battle between the no. 5 and no. 6 ranked flyweight contenders:
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These two were first penciled to meet at UFC 270 last January 22, 2022, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. However, Araujo suffered an injury while training and withdrew from the bout. The UFC ended up pulling Grasso from the event too with the intention of rebooking the fight.
Alexa Grasso Submits Joanne Wood in the First Round
#UFCColumbus: Alexa Grasso submits Joanne Wood in the first round (Video)
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Grasso is on a roll right now with three consecutive victories after alternating between a win and loss in each of her first six UFC assignments. The 28-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico submitted Joanne Wood via rear-naked choke in her most recent bout at UFC on ESPN 33. Prior to that, Grasso picked up decision wins against Ji Yeon Kim and Maycee Barber.
Now ranked no. 5 in the UFC women’s flyweight division, Grasso began her career in Mexico where she fought under GEX, Fight Hard Championships, and Extreme Combat. She moved to fight in the United States and went 4-0 with Invicta FC, beating former UFC veterans Mizuki Inoue and Jodie Esquibel. She joined the UFC one fight later and defeated Heather Jo Clark at the TUF Latin America 3 Finale. Grasso has a record of 14-3 with four knockouts and one submission victory.
Grasso has been the betting underdog only three times in her UFC career. Those happened against Maycee Barber, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and Tatiana Suarez. She went 2-1 in those bouts meaning two of her other losses came when she was the betting favorite. Grasso closed at -145 when she was beaten by Carla Esparza. She was also the heavy -350 betting favorite when she lost to Felice Herrig in 2017.
Viviane Araujo Defeats Andrea Lee via UD
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Meanwhile, Araujo defeated inaugural LFA women’s flyweight champion Andrea Lee via unanimous decision in her last bout at UFC Vegas 54 last May 14th. That victory enabled the Brazilian to bounce back from a decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 262 one fight back.
The 35-year-old Araujo began her MMA career in Brazil and fought for promotions like Fight K, Federal Gladiators Combat, Jungle Fight, NP Fight Brazil, and Iron Fight Combat before he went to Japan and became Pancrase strawweight champion. Araujo joined the UFC in 2019 and she won four out of her first five UFC assignments before losing to Chookagian. Overall, she has a record of 11-3 with three knockouts and four wins via submission.
Araujo will be a bigger underdog this time than when she was when the UFC booked her against Grasso for the first time. During that booking, she opened at +115 odds. She was the even-money underdog when she defeated Lee the last time out but was also the +115 bottom dog when he was beaten by Chookagian two fights ago.