BREAKING: Holly Holm Announces Sad News for UFC Fight Night 191

Published 03/08/2021, 10:33 AM EST


UFC Bantamweight maestro Holly Holm announced that she suffered an injury recently. The injury is a long-term one as it ruled her out of her fight against Julianna Pena for UFC Fight Night 191, which is scheduled for May 8th, 2021.

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Her rival Julianna Pena revealed the sad news on her Twitter. Love watching these title fights. One in particular… as I’ve just been informed that (Holly Holm) is injured and has pulled from our scheduled bout May 8. I wish her a full recovery,” Pena wrote. 

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However, it seems like the UFC will reschedule the fight for a later date. Pena has asked for a title shot against the champion Amanda Nunes; however, Nunes refused to fight her and asked her to make more noise before stepping to the top-dog.

The Brazilian defended her featherweight title against Megan Anderson at UFC 259 in another dominant display. She won the fight via submission in the early minutes of the first round.

Holly Holm and her impressive re-emergence

Holm has been a great fighter ever since her foray into the octagon. It showed when she won the bantamweight belt by beating the former champion, Ronda Rousey, in an impressive all-round display.

She faced some problems and lost 4 out of 5 of her next matches. She then bounced back to defeat Megan Anderson and then lost a fight against the champion Amanda Nunes.

However, she had a wonderful 2020 as she put on the best displays of her career against Raquel Pennington and recently against Irene Aldana. She really looks like a contender in the division.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 04: (R-L) Holly Holm punches Irene Aldana of Mexico in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 04, 2020, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

She is currently ranked #2 in bantamweight with an impressive record of 14-5. Her opponent, Julianna Pena, is ranked #6 and has a record of 10-4. Her injury has postponed this amazing match-up, but both need a win to challenge for the title.

Every fan would want a speedy recovery for one of the most humble fighters in the game. She will bounce back, and she’ll keep the fans posted for more for the time being.

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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