Veronica Macedo

Venezuela

Moving back to bantamweight
BantamweightUFC
December 26, 2019
Macedo (illness) will face Bea Malecki in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Macedo was pulled off the card for her previously scheduled fights at UFC Sao Paulo and UFC Busan due to an illness, but she appears ready to return to the Octagon in March. She picked up her first UFC win in August when she defeated Polyana Viana via submission (armbar) at UFC Uruguay. Malecki defeated Duda Santana via submission (rear-naked choke) in her UFC debut at UFC Stockholm in June. Macedo is limited by a low striking volume, while Malecki has shown to be effective at striking, but she has had some troubles with passivity in the past. Malecki carries a significant height advantage.
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Won't fight at UFC Busan
BantamweightUFC
November 21, 2019
Macedo (illness) will no longer fight Amanda Lemos at UFC Busan on Dec. 21, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Macedo was attempting to take on a rigorous schedule with fights at UFC Sao Paulo and UFC Busan, but she will not be able to fight at either one as a result of an apparent illness. She picked up her first UFC win in August at UFC Uruguay, bringing her UFC record to 1-3. Her next chance to fight will likely come sometime in 2020 barring any setbacks. Miranda Granger will step in to take on Amanda Lemos at UFC Busan.
Off Sao Paulo card
BantamweightUFC
November 15, 2019
Macedo withdrew from her scheduled matchup against Ariane Lipski at UFC Sao Paulo on Saturday, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Macedo appears to have fallen ill just hours prior to weigh-ins and will ultimately be unable to compete. The UFC replaced her with Isabela de Padua on the card on just hours' noticed. De Padua ended up missing weight, but the fight against Lipski will go on as planned.
Joins UFC Sao Paulo card
BantamweightUFC
November 6, 2019
Macedo will fight Ariane Lipski in a flyweight bout at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Macedo will step in to fight for Priscila Cachoeira on short notice after Cachoeira was forced to withdraw after failing a drug test. The 24-year-old Macedo is coming off a first-round win over Polyana Viana in August and will face an opponent in Lipski who is looking for her first UFC win.
Booked for UFC Busan
BantamweightUFC
October 7, 2019
Macedo will take on Amanda Lemos in a strawweight matchup at UFC Busan on Dec. 31, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Macedo's UFC career cot off to a rocky start with three consecutive losses, but she was able to bounce back with a first-round win over Polyana Viana in August that came with a Performance of the Night bonus. She'll look to carry that momentum into her third fight of 2019, where she'll take on a former bantamweight on foreign soil. Macedo's fantasy ceiling is limited due to a low striking volume (1.90 significant strikes landed per minute), but given Lemos absorbed 101 singificant strikes in her July 2017 UFC debut, it's possible Macedo can turn this trend around.
Picks up first UFC win
BantamweightUFC
August 10, 2019
Macedo defeated Polyana Viana via submission (armbar) at 1:09 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Going into this fight, Macedo probably needed a victory to keep her job in the promotion. She had an 0-3 record in the UFC and had been stopped in her last outing. Macedo gave up an early takedown and appeared to be in trouble. However, she reversed the position and locked on a fight-ending armbar submission. She will probably continue to find the UFC flyweight division inhospitable, but she lives to fight again in the Octagon. Macedo will also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for her efforts.