Carla Esparza is making her UFC return on short notice at UFC 197 as she is replacing the injured Jessica Aguilar and fighting Juliana Lima on short notice at UFC 197.
Carla Esparza fills in for Jessica Aguilar, faces Juliana Lima on short notice at UFC 197
— Dale Jordan (@MMAMadDale) March 29, 2016
UFC 197: Cormier vs. Jones 2 will be held on April 23, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Aguilar announced on her facebook page last week that she was out of the bout with Lima.
Esparza (11-3 MMA) hasn’t fought since her second-round TKO loss to current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 195 on March 14, 2015. During the fight, Esparza suffered a shoulder injury that led to surgery, sidelining her for several months.
With this fight change, UFC 197 now looks like this:
Main Card (PPV)
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo
Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza
Robert Whittaker vs. Rafael Natal
Yair Rodríguez vs. Andre Fili
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Sergio Pettis vs. Chris Kelades
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima
Glaico França vs. James Vick
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Clint Hester
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee