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Ketlen Vieira says planned fight with Germaine de Randamie off due to 'GDR' injury

Hopefully you weren’t holding your breath waiting for the return of Germaine de Randamie.

De Randamie (7-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC), the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight champion who later had her title stripped, was rumored to be returning against Ketlen Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 125 in February in Brazil.

But according to Vieira, the fight is off because of a de Randamie hand injury – or potentially a recurring or continued hand injury. Vieira posted on her Instagram a picture of the booking with a bold red banner across the fighters images saying, “NOT TRUE!!”

UFC officials had not yet announced the bout for UFC Fight Night 125, which is set for Feb. 3 at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The card is likely to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Germaine de Randamie

De Randamie won the inaugural UFC women’s 145-pound title in February with a five-round unanimous decision win over former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. The win was her third straight after TKOs of Larissa Pacheco in 2015 and Anna Elmose in 2016. Both those fights were her lone appearances in those calendar years, and prior to that she was out for more than a year after a TKO loss to current bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes.

A few months after she won the featherweight belt, de Randamie said she planned to return to bantamweight and didn’t want to take a fight against Cris Cyborg. So in June, the UFC stripped her title and booked a fight between former Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson and Cyborg for the vacant belt at UFC 214. Anderson got injured and was replaced by Tonya Evinger, who lost to Cyborg in the title fight.

And de Randamie still has remained sidelined. She was supposed to take on Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 115 in her home country of the Netherlands. But an injury forced her out.

Vieira stayed perfect in her pro career and picked up her first stoppage win in the UFC when she submitted Sara McMann with an arm-triangle choke at UFC 215 in September. Prior to that, she had decision wins over Kelly Faszholz and Ashlee Evans-Smith after she signed with the promotion with a 6-0 record, all in her native Brazil.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Belem, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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