On Tuesday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced former strawweight champion Carla Esparza would step in for the injured Aguilar to face Lima on the April 23 fight card.
Esparza (10-3) won the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight title by defeating Rose Namajunas at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale in December 2014. She lost the belt to current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185, and hasn’t fought since. Esparza hopes to show that she’s still a top contender in the division during the short-notice fight.
Lima (8-2) is ranked No. 14 in the women’s 115-pound division. Aguilar sits in the No. 13 spot. With Esparza stepping in on short notice, Lima has the opportunity to take out the second-ranked strawweight. The Brazilian is riding a two-fight winning streak and hopes to extend it to three on April 23.
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