It looks like we'll not have to wait long until we see former women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm back in the Octagon.
Holm will be fighting in July, just not on the 200 card. On Wednesday night's edition of "UFC Tonight," it was revealed that she and Valentina Shevchenko are set to fight on the UFC on FOX 20 card.
Holm shocked the MMA world back in November when she dismantled the dominant Ronda Rousey in a bout that lasted only two rounds. The former boxer landed shot after shot in the first round, before delivering a brutal head kick to knock out out Rousey.
Unfortunately for the New Mexico native, her reign as champion wasn't to be a long one. UFC 196 saw her lose the belt to Miesha "Cupcake" Tate in a grueling fight that saw Holm succumb to a rear-naked choke in the fifth round.
"The Preacher's Daughter" was understandably devastated and immediately petitioned for a rematch with Tate. Unfortunately for her, the UFC had other plans and opted for Amanda Nunes as Tate's opponent for her first title defense.
Now it appears that Holly
Taking place in Chicago, newcomer Shevchenko will face the daunting task of taking on Holm in just her third fight in the UFC. Making her debut at UFC on FOX 17, the 28-year-old impressed in her victory over Sarah Kaufman. Taking the fight on only one week notice, Shevchenko announced her intentions in the UFC with a dominating decision win. Although losing to Amanda Nunes at UFC 196, it appears that the promotion stood up and took notice of the talented Peruvian fighter.
UFC on FOX 20 will take place on July 23 at United Center. The UFC is also looking to add a light heavyweight bout between Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira.
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