Lupita Godinez to Fight Luana Carolina at UFC Vegas 40, One Week Removed From Juarez Win

Jessica Penne and Lupita Godinez, UFC
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 17: (R-L) Loopy Godinez of Mexico punches Jessica Penne in a strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Just a week removed from her win over Silvana Gomez Juarez, Lupita Godinez will step inside the UFC octagon once again.

Making an incredibly quick turnaround, “Loopy” Godinez (6-1) will fight just seven days after her first UFC win, stepping in for Sijara Eubanks against Luana Carolina (7-2) at UFC Vegas 40. In the process, Godinez will move up a weight class, with the fight this Saturday coming at flyweight.

The short-notice opportunity comes as Eubanks was forced out of the card due to COVID-19 protocols. With no suspension handed to Godinez following her win this past weekend, the stage was set for her to swoop in on short notice.

Word of Godinez taking the fight was first reported by ESPN Deportes. Cageside Press confirmed the news with a source close to the situation.

“Loopy” is no stranger to short notice fights. The Mexican strawweight, who lives and trains in British Columbia, Canada, entered the promotion as a short notice replacement against Jessica Penne this past April. After a fight with Sarah Alpar the following month fell through due to visa issues for Godinez, she was booked opposite Sam Hughes at UFC Vegas 39. Hughes was then forced out of that fight due to COVID-19 protocols, replaced by Juarez. Godinez earned a submission victory and claimed one of the event’s Performance of the Night bonuses in the process.

Luana Carolina sits at 2-1 in the promotion currently. She’ll enter this weekend’s fight off a win over Poliana Botelho.

UFC Vegas 40 takes place Saturday, October 16 at the Apex in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by a women’s featherweight fight between Aspen Ladd and Norma Dumont.

The full UFC Vegas 40 card as it currently stands can be found below:

Aspen Ladd vs. Norma Dumont
Andrei Arlovski vs. Carlos Felipe
Jim Miller vs. Erick Gonzalez
Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Julian Marquez vs. Jordan Wright
Andrew Sanchez vs. Bruno Silva
Danny Roberts vs. Ramazan Emeev
Nate Landwehr vs. Ľudovít Klein
Danaa Batgerel vs. Brandon Davis
Istela Nunes vs. Ariane Carnelossi
Lupita Godinez vs. Luana Carolina