Report – Holly Holm vs. Ketlen Vieira in the works for UFC on ESPN+ 68 headliner on May 21.

Holly Holm
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Former undisputed UFC bantamweight champion, the #2 ranked contender, Holly Holm is expected to mark her return to the Octagon for the first time since October 2020 – with a high-stakes bantamweight main event against the #6 rated, Ketlen Vieira targeted for the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 68. At the time of publication, the location or venue for the event are yet to be made official.

For Holm, the Albuquerque veteran headlined UFC Fight Island 5 in her most recent outing, besting common opposition, Irene Aldana with a unanimous decision win over five rounds.

For Vieira, the Amazonas native headlined for the first time in her promotional tenure back in November against common-foe, Miesha Tate – besting the former bantamweight gold holder with a unanimous decision win. Ariel Helwani was first to report the targeted tie between Holm and Vieira. 

Before her win over Aldana, Holm, a staple of Jackson-Wink MMA – landed a unanimous decision win over former title challenger, Raquel Pennington in a rematch at UFC 246 in January 2020. 

Amongst her other career wins, Holm has defeated Marion Reneau, Bethe Correia, Megan Anderson, and in a her bantamweight championship crowning, the New Mexico native stopped the then-undefeated, Ronda Rousey with a stunning high-kick knockout at UFC 193 in a massive upset win.

For Vieira, the Brazilian rebounded from a unanimous decision loss against Yana Kunitskaya with her win against Tate last November.

In her sole other professional defeat, Vieira dropped a massive late first round knockout loss to the above mentioned, Aldana at UFC 245 in December 2019 – snapping a run of four straight wins against former bantamweight title challenges, Cat Zingano, and Sara McMann – as well as Ashlee Evans-Smith, and Kelly Faszholz.


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