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UFC 197 Update: Carla Esparza In For Jessica Aguilar

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On a day featuring news regarding Jon Jones, another UFC 197 bout was changed.

Carla Esparza, the first-ever UFC strawweight champion, will step in for Jessica Aguilar and meet Julianna Lima at the April event. ESPN first reported news of the fight.

Esparza (10-3) lost the title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk last year and spent the rest of 2015 on the sidelines recovering from shoulder surgery. She is also a former Invicta FC champion.

Lima (8-2) has bested Nina Asnaroff and Ericka Almeida inside the Octagon, losing only to the current titleholder since signing with the UFC.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo

Lightweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza

Middleweight: Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker

Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili


Welterweight: Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele

Light Heavyweight: Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Strawweight: Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima


Flyweight: Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis

Lightweight: James Vick vs. Glaico Franca

Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs. Efrain Escudero