Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm for bantamweight title in the works for UFC 237 headliner in Brazil

A women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm is being targeted as the headliner for the UFC 237 event in Brazil on May 11. The news was first reported by Combate.

Nunes (17-4) is on an impressive eight-fight win streak which includes first-round submission and knockout finishes over some of WMMA’s all time greats including Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Sara McMann. She is considered by many to be the pound-for-pound best female fighter in the world and is the only woman in UFC history to have held a championship in two different weight-classes.

Holm (12-4) has won two of her last three after picking up a knockout win over Bethe Correia and a unanimous decision over Megan Anderson, but losing a unanimous decision to Cris Cyborg. Also known as ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’, Holm owns additional notable wins over the likes of Ronda Rousey, Marion Reneau and Raquel Pennington. The former multiple-time world boxing champion has never been knocked out in her MMA career.

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UFC 237 takes place on Saturday May 11 2019 from the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The main card will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.

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Noah

5 comments

  1. I whole-heartedly agree. The only justification for it is the almighty dollar which, of course, is what the UFC is all about.

    Having won one of her last 3 fights at BW hardly entitles Holm to a title shot. Having won only one fight in the past 3 years at BW, and that over #12 ranked Correia, hardly entitles Holm to a title shot. It should be going to 10-0 Vieira or even the UFC’s #1 ranked contender, GDR, who is on a 4 fight win streak, including a questionable one over Holm, and who hasn’t lost a fight since Nov. 2013. However, Holm has “the name.”

    Did Holly deserve the title fight for 145 against GDR after having just suffered 2 losses at 135 or another title shot against Cyborg after losing to GDR? Hardly. But that means little to the UFC if bigger bucks are to be made. If Holly lost to Aspen, they would be out of one of the biggest dollar fights to be made in WMMA. Perhaps understandably, the UFC is all about the bottom line rather than any sense of legitimacy. Pity.

    1. I agree. I understand the reasoning behind this choice and I wasnt a big fan of the original Holm vs. Ladd matchup, however, it just goes to show how lilttle value a signed contract really means to the UFC!

    2. I understand what you’re saying, BUT 2 of the folks she lost to are no longer in the weight class, 1 of which is retired (Tate). It would be different if Tate and Shev were still fighting at 135. And the De Randamie fight, all those shots after the bell, including some that rocked her. I say that one shouldn’t even count. And she did go the distance against Cyborg, and Ketlen Vieira is still recovering from knee injury!

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