Amanda Lemos’s return to the Octagon will be as a replacement.
MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that Lemos (6-1-1) will step in for Leah Letson to fight Duda Santana (3-1) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16. Letson’s reason for withdrawing from the bout was undisclosed.
This will be Lemos’s second UFC fight, her first since debuting for the promotion in a losing effort against Leslie Smith on July 2017. The 32-year-old Brazilian was unbeaten in her first seven pro bouts before the loss to Smith.
Lemos received a two-year suspension from the USADA after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol and its metabolite, which were discovered in an out-of-competition sample collected on Nov. 8, 2017. Her period of ineligibility is scheduled to end this coming November.
A teammate of light heavyweight title contender Thiago “Marreta” Santos, Santana made her first UFC appearance this past June at a show in Stockholm where she was submitted by Bea Malecki. Santana, 23, was signed after Visa issues prevented her from competing on the Brazilian edition of Dana White’s Contender Series.
UFC Sao Paulo takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the main event, Jan Blachowicz fights Ronaldo Souza in a light heavyweight bout. The main card will air live on the ESPN+ streaming service.