The UFC’s first event of August has had its main event be known. Taking center stage will be the bantamweights as former champion Holly Holm (13-5) looks to halt the momentum of rising contender Irene Aldana (12-5). The bout headlines UFC Vegas live from the UFC Apex facility on August 1.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto revealed the matchup on Monday,
Breaking: Holly Holm (@HollyHolm) vs. Irene Aldana (@IreneAldana_) to headline UFC Fight Night event on 8/1 in Las Vegas, per sources. Holm coming off Pennington win in January. Aldana has won five of her last six. pic.twitter.com/45TwHsTVjt
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 8, 2020
This announcement comes fresh off the heels of current bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes’ dominant featherweight title defense against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250. The big question that began to unfold as the fight played out was “who is next for Nunes?”
Well, the answer to that at bantamweight prior to the fight was believed by many to be Aldana. Instead, she’ll first have to dispatch of a former champion to solidify that No. 1 contender spot.
The Culiacan, Mexico native in Aldana is currently on a two-fight winning streak and has won five of her last six with her lone loss coming against Raquel Pennington via split decision. Most recently, she knocked the surging Brazilian, Ketlen Vieira, from the ranks of the unbeaten with a devastating first-round knockout at UFC 245.
For the former champion in Holm, she got back in the win column during her last fight which came in the form of a rematch against the aforementioned Pennington at UFC 246. Since becoming UFC champion, Holm has gone 3-6 overall and has yet to put back together a winning streak. At bantamweight, she’s 2-3 since she held the gold.
With Nunes’ incredible and historic dominance, it would be hard to fathom Holm getting yet another title shot even with a spectacular win over Aldana. It also has to be taken into consideration that Holm’s defeat directly prior to her second win over Pennington came at the hands – or the foot, rather – of Nunes in the first round of their encounter.
Also on tap for August 1’s UFC Vegas event is a middleweight tilt between Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan. A bout that has now been booked for the third and hopefully final time.