Holly Holm is reportedly out of her next main event match against Norma Dumont Viana. ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ was scheduled to face Dumont in a five-round women’s featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 195 on October 16.
Ariel Helwani reported that Holly Holm suffered a knee injury due to which she had to withdraw from her scheduled fight. Helwani added that Holm plans to return to the Octagon before the end of calendar year 2021.
The UFC Fight Night 195 event was originally scheduled to feature a five-round bantamweight fight between Ketlen Vieira and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.
However, that match fell apart and was taken off the card on September 22 as Tate tested positive for COVID-19. The Tate vs. Vieira game was then rescheduled and will take place at UFC Fight Night 198 on November 20.
The five-round featherweight fight between Holly Holm and Norma Dumont was set to replace the Tate-Vieira game as the new headliner of UFC Fight Night 195. Either way, similar to the Tate-Vieira fight, the Holm-Dumont match also collapsed.
Now it looks like Aspen Ladd will step in to take on Norma Dumont in the featherweight fight, according to MMA Junkie. It may be a good move for Ladd, considering she’s struggled to hit the 135-pound bantamweight limit.
Holly Holm’s persistence and the journey back to UFC gold
Holly Holm is a multi-time boxing world champion who is one of the few multisport combat athletes to be successful in both boxing and MMA. Holm has competed in the UFC bantamweight and featherweight divisions over the years. She has carved out a unique niche for herself as an elite fighter in both weight classes.
A former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, she lost by unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 in February 2017 and to Cris Cyborg at UFC 219 in December 2017.
Holly Holm failed in an attempt to regain her bantamweight title, losing via first-round TKO to Amanda Nunes at UFC 239 in July 2019.
Regardless, Holm is currently on a two-game winning streak, having secured impressive wins over Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana. Holm was scheduled to face Julianna Pena in a bantamweight fight earlier this year, but withdrew from the fight due to hydronephrosis.
Holm then agreed to face Norma Dumont in a featherweight fight, but had to withdraw once again, this time due to her knee injury. Fans can expect more details about Holm’s return to unveil in the coming days.
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