Despite being lined up for a UFC flyweight title shot earlier in the year, Joanne Calderwood is set to take a short-notice fight against another top contender.

As reported by MMAFighting, Calderwood will step-in on less than two weeks notice to face Jennifer Maia at UFC Fight Night 173 on August 1st after the Brazilian’s original opponent Vivianne Araujo tested positive for COVID-19.

Per the MMAFighting report, Araujo has experienced some symptoms of the virus, but her overall health is good.

Calderwood (14-4) had been booked to face 125 lbs champion Valentina Shevchenko in June but the coronavirus pandemic and a knee injury sustained by the champion curtailed the promotions plans. With Shevchenko sidelined, Calderwood will now look to add to a split decision win in her last outing coming against Andrea Lee in September 2019.

Maia (17-6-1) meanwhile will look to get back into the win column after seeing a two-fight winning streak snapped by Kaitly Chookagian in November.

UFC Fight Night 173, set to take place at the UFC’s Apex Centre in Las Vegas, is now slated to feature:

  • Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana
  • Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Jennifer Maia
  • Vicente Luque vs. Randy Brown
  • Markus Perez vs. Eric Spicely
  • Ray Borg vs. Nathan Maness
  • Trevin Giles vs. Jun Yong Park
  • Da Un Jung vs. Ed Herman
  • Frankie Saenz vs. Jonathan Martinez
  • Chris Gutierrez vs. Luke Sanders
  • Jamall Emmers vs. Timur Valiev