Instead of fighting at UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo, Tonya Evinger will fight two weeks later at the highly-anticipated UFC 229 pay-per-view card.
Evinger was initially booked to face top bantamweight contender Ketlen Vieira, but the Brazilian pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Fellow undefeated fighter Aspen Ladd will step up in her place — but in Las Vegas instead — MMAjunkie.com first reported Wednesday. UFC officials confirmed the pairing Wednesday night on FS1’s UFC Tonight.
Evinger (19-7, 1 NC) hasn’t fought since July 2017, when she fought Cris Cyborg for the vacant featherweight title at UFC 214 in her promotional debut. She fell via TKO. The former Invicta FC bantamweight champion was riding an eight-fight unbeaten streak prior to the Cyborg fight.
Ladd (6-0) had greater success in her UFC debut, beating Lina Lansberg via TKO at UFC Fight Night 117 last November. She was expected to fight Leslie Smith earlier this year, but she missed weight and the bout did not come to fruition.
UFC 229 takes place Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defends the title for the first time against the returning Conor McGregor.