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Veronica Macedo returns from retirement, meets ‘TUF 30’ winner Juliana Miller at UFC 286 in London

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Three years after her last fight and shortly after marrying a former UFC title contender, Veronica Macedo set to return.

Macedo (6-4-1 MMA, 1-4 UFC) ready to fight Juliana Miller (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the women’s flyweight division when the UFC returns to London for UFC 286 in March. A person with knowledge of the booking confirmed the fight with MMA Junkie on Friday but asked to remain anonymous as the UFC has not made an official announcement. Miller announced the fight on non-standard podcast with Xaria Bloom.

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UFC 286 will take place on March 14 at The O2 in London. Broadcast details have yet to be revealed, but the main card is expected to begin at 5:00 pm ET.

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Macedo hung up gloves after losing a unanimous decision to Bea Maleki in Brazil in March 2020. This was the last UFC event before the pandemic stopped it for a while. Leading up to this fight, Macedo withdrew from two matches at the end of 2019. It was her concussion problems that led to her early retirement.

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In five UFC fights, 27-year-old Macedo from Venezuela has only one win, but she has been successful. Her 69-second hand serve for Viana Glade in August 2019 netted a $50,000 bonus. Macedo was in the news over the holidays when she and her new husband Dan Hardy, who once challenged Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title, announced their wedding.

Miller will fight for the first time since she won the 30th season of The Ultimate Fighter last August by defeating Brogan Walker via TKO in the third round in the final. Miller, 26, who went 1-1 under the Invicta banner before she secured a spot at TUF 30, beat Claire Guthrie and Caitlin Neal at the show to advance to the final against Walker.

With the addition to the UFC 286 lineup now includes:

  • Roman Dolidze vs. Marvin Vectors

  • Gunnar Nelson vs. Daniel Rodriguez

  • Luana Carolina vs. Joanne Wood

  • Malcolm Gordon vs. Jake Hadley

  • Jennifer Maya vs. Casey O’Neal

  • Jai Herbert vs. Ludovit Klein

  • Leron Murphy vs. Nathaniel Wood

  • Chris Duncan vs. Michal Figlak

  • Veronica Macedo vs Juliana Miller

The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie.


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