With two wins in two weight classes in the UFC, Viviane Araujo feels she’s found a home in the flyweight division following UFC 240.
Edmonton, AB — Brazil’s Viviane Araujo picked up her second UFC win Saturday night. The victory over Alexis Davis, a former bantamweight contender, came in the second weight class Araujo has competed in. Her first victory came at bantamweight. In Edmonton, she dropped to flyweight. Two fights, two wins, two weight classes. Not a bad way to start your career with the organization.
Having improved to 8-1 as a pro at UFC 240, ‘Vivi’ said following the fight that “I feel comfortable in this weight class.” So while she has fought at strawweight in the past, she told reporters including Cageside Press that “I’m going to think about [it], but I hope I’m going to stay in this weight class.”
Discussing the fight, Araujo said that “I knew this fight would be a war. Alexis Davis is so experienced. I’m so happy that I won this fight.” It didn’t go entirely as she expected, however. “I thought it would be a knockout, but her chin is so tough. I tried sometimes, but it was so tough.”
While Davis is a former title challenger at bantamweight, what made the fight special was that “I was fighting in Canada. Everything was special. I felt the energy in Canada, and I fought a tough opponent. Alexis Davis is really, really good.”
Another fighter on the card, Sarah Frota, represents the only loss on Araujo’s record. Frota was also competing at UFC 240, but wound up finished by Gillian Robertson. While the potential for a rematch is still there, with both women competing at flyweight, Araujo isn’t looking for revenge. In fact, “I’m not looking for anyone,” she said. “I just want to be a UFC fighter.”
While she’s not fixated on an opponent, Araujo does have a location in mind. “I want to fight in Sao Paulo,” she told Cageside Press. Against “anyone that the UFC gives to me.” The UFC returns to the Brazilian city this November.
Watch the full UFC 240 post-fight press scrum with Viviane Araujo above!