Holly Holm vs Irene Aldana Headliner Canceled, Brunson vs Shahbazyan Promoted To 3 Round Main Event


It was expected that Holly Holm would headline the August 1st UFC card against Irene Aldana. However it has been revealed that this will no longer be the case, after one of the fighters was forced off the card.

The UFC’s return to the Apex Center is set for August 1st, with a Fight Night card that was originally supposed to headlined by Holm vs Aldana. Unfortunately, according to recent reports, it seems that this fight will no longer be happening, at least not next month. It was revealed that Aldana was forced to withdraw from the event, for reasons not yet disclosed.

According to the report, the middleweight clash between Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan, originally scheduled for the co-main event, will be promoted to the headlining slot. That being said, the bout is going to stay a three round affair, presumably due to the short notice nature of the change. This fight serves as a big opportunity for the prospect Shahbazyan, who notably trains with Ronda Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan. Moreover, he is managed by Rousey herself, who has spoken very highly of the prospect who is undefeated as a pro, with five wins in the UFC.

So What Happens To Holly Holm vs Irene Aldana?

It is unclear what forced Aldana out of her bout with Holm. That being said, it does not seem to be something incredibly serious, as the UFC is apparently already looking to reschedule the contest. It seems now they want to have it headline a card on October 5th, but the fight is not signed or official.

This is a big opportunity for Irene Aldana, who had a rough start to her UFC career, but has won five of her last six. If she can get past the former champ in Holly Holm, it seems like a certainty that her next fight would be for the title.


Date: July 22, 2020

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