UFC News: Kayla Harrison vs Holly Holm Set for UFC 300 as Per Dana White

Published 01/23/2024, 11:15 PM EST

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Dana White has dropped a massive announcement for UFC 300! The historic card is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated events of the year with fighters like Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway, Weili Zhang and Aljamain Sterling being a part of the marquee card. White had recently also shared that despite fan interest, former legends of the sport like Georges St. Pierre, Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar will not be returning for the event. However, he promised fans that he has something else up his sleeve and the UFC head honcho has delivered on his promise!

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Therefore, fans who were eagerly awaiting more news about the card have been left stunned at the latest reveal by the UFC CEO! Holly Holm, the WMMA legend, has been added to the card but her opponent is a name that UFC fans would not have thought of!

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In a recent UFC 300 announcement, Dana White revealed that Holly Holm, a boxing Hall of Famer, will face Kayla Harrison. Holm, ranking 4th in women’s bantamweight division in wins, 6th in significant strikes landed, and 4th in takedown defense, is hailed as one of the toughest in combat sports by many fans and experts.

During the video shared on social media, White stated, “Holly Holm is one of the baddest women ever to compete in combat sports, ever. She’s fought all the nastiest women in the world, in boxing and in MMA, except for 1.”

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The exception is Kayla Harrison, a two time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, who boasts a 16-1 record in MMA with 12 finishes to her name. Notably, this also marks Harrison’s bantamweight and UFC debut.

 

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White conveyed the danger Harrison brings to the Octagon for her opponent by stating, “…her takedowns and ground and pound are nasty, and this is the first time, she’ll be competing at bantamweight. So there you have it ladies and gentleman, that fight is also at UFC 300! “

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But while the MMA community can barely contain their anticipation for the historic card, a UFC middleweight has come out and highlighted his displeasure with White’s matchmaking decisions!

‘Borz’ slams White for not keeping his word

Khamzat Chimaev believes he deserves the next shot at Dricus du Plessis after the latter’s middleweight title victory at UFC 297! In a recent interview with ESPN MMA on YouTube, ‘Borz’ questioned Dana White’s remarks suggesting he might not be next in line for a shot at UFC gold.

He stated, “They promised me after the Usman fight that I will for sure fight for the title, and I won that fight. I don’t know what’s going on. I heard Dana White said that, ‘I don’t think Khamzat is next for the title,’ that’s the bulls***, man.”

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The fighter also revealed that he had informed his manager about his desire to fight at UFC 300 before UFC 297. As he awaits further word from the UFC, Chimaev’s statements highlight his conviction that he should be the one stepping into the Octagon at the historic event in Las Vegas!

What do you think about Chimaev’s claims at the middleweight title and the addition of Holm vs Harrison to UFC 300? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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I am Dushyant Patni, a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for Mixed Martial Arts started because my father used to be a boxer and a martial arts fanatic. It passed down to me as my first pair of boxing gloves were his old ones! Prior to joining EssentiallySports, I honed my writing and editing skills across various organizations as a writer and an editor.
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