Holly Holm Vs. Irene Aldana Officially Rebooked
A bantamweight bout that could help determine the next contender for Amanda Nunes’ title is back on.
During the UFC 252 broadcast, it was announced that Holly Holm and Irene Aldana will finally face off on October 3. The two were supposed to fight a few weeks ago on August 1. Aldana ended up testing positive for COVID-19, requiring the bout to be nixed. She stated she would do everything she could to return to 100% before her fight was to be rebooked. Now, October gives her enough time.
Holm (13-5) will be fighting for the first time since January when she beat Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision at UFC 246. It was a rebound fight following a loss to Nunes for the UFC Bantamweight Title at UFC 239 in July 2019. “The Preacher’s Daughter” is 3-2 in her last five fights but 3-5 in her last eight.
Aldana (12-5) is on a two-fight win streak and is 5-1 in her last six. “Robles” went 3-1 in 2019, with wins against Bethe Correia, Vanessa Melo, and Ketlen Vieira. The Viera win was via KO at UFC 245 and helped secure her as a top contender.
Holm (#2) and Aldana (#5) are ranked high in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings.
As of now, a location has not been determined for the October date. Las Vegas and “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi are both in play.