News: Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm to Make Her Return Against Norma Dumont

Published 07/29/2021, 5:40 AM EDT


Holly Holm, who last fought in October 2020, has yet to compete in 2021. She fought Irene Aldana in the UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana. In that fight, Holm showed massive improvements in her ground game, landing five takedowns en route to a unanimous decision victory. Now, according to a news leak by mmafighting.com, Holly Holm will make her first appearance in 2021 against Norma Dumont on October 16.

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So far, no contracts are signed, but according to reports, they have reached a verbal agreement for what may be a 145lbs bout. The last time Holm fought a featherweight bout was against Megan Anderson in 2018. This was a three-round fight where Anderson looked promising in the opening round.

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However, as the fight progressed, Holm stole the show and dominated the former Invicta FC champion for the rest of the bout. Ultimately, ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ bagged a unanimous decision over Anderson.

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After her impressive performance against Anderson, Holm got her title shot against Amanda Nunes. She lost the fight after eating a picture-perfect head kick from ‘The Lioness’. Since then, Holly Holm has embarked on a winning streak and will look to continue it against Dumont.

Holly Holm is an experienced combatant

Norma Dumont entered the UFC octagon in March 2020 with an undefeated record of four wins. She fought and lost her debut against Megan Anderson in the very first round via T/KO. However, the Brazilian quickly regrouped and won two consecutive fights. Now, as she has 6 wins and only a single defeat, she will look to make it 7 wins against Holm.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 04: (L-R) 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)

Holly Holm is an experienced fighter with 14 wins and 5 defeats. ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ has played a part in many historic UFC moments. She was the first-ever fighter to defeat women’s MMA icon, Ronda Rousey.

Since that win, stakes are always high for the former bantamweight champion’s bouts. With the amount of experience Holm has, it will be a grueling task for Norma Dumont to get a win.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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