ESPN says a female featherweight fight between former bantamweight champion Holly Holm and top contender Irene Aldana will head up an upcoming UFC Fight Night event on August 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After starting his MMA career at 10-0, including knocking out Ronda Rousey to win the 135-pound title, Holm has experienced ups and downs inside the Octagon, losing three straight games shortly after giving “Rowdy” his first defeat. Since that skid, “The Preacher’s Daughter” has gone 3-2 and is looking for his first straight wins since 2015 after beating Raquel Pennington a second time at UFC 246 earlier this year.
Aldana, on the other hand, is on a tear, winning five of his last six games, bringing his mark to the UFC at 5-3. In her last outing, the Mexican-born fighter eliminated Ketlen Veira in the first round of UFC 245, giving Veira the first loss in her MMA career.
A win for Aldana would almost certainly secure her a 145-pound title fight against Amanda Nunes, but it’s unclear if that will do the same for Holm, as she was eliminated by Nunes last July in a title fight. 135 pounds.
The reservation comes just two days after Amanda Nunes defended her 145-pound title against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 (see) and then announced that she would likely not be back in action this year.