Holly Holm vs Ketlen Vieira targeted for May UFC ‘Fight Night’ main event
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm is ready to return to the Octagon.
Aimed to be the dance partner for “The Preacher’s Daughter” in its return is Brazilian revival Ketlen Vieira (12-2). For ariel helwanithe clash of pivotal 135-pound contenders will headline the UFC’s May 21 fight night event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Holm, 40, last fought in October 2020, putting in one of the best performances of his career. Her dominant unanimous decision over Irene Aldana put Holm on her first winning streak since she became UFC champion with an unblemished 10-0 record in 2015 (now 14-5).
The story has been laid out perfectly for Holm to earn her fifth UFC title shot, as she was booked to face new champion Julianna Pena in May 2021. Thus, the injury bug bit Holm. , which led to the cancellation of their would-be matchup. As a result, she led Pena to a title shot in which she stayed true to her word and dethroned Holm’s latest successor, Amanda Nunes, at UFC 269 in December.
Injuries continued to hamper Holm as she was also forced out of a 145-pound featherweight clash with Norma Dumont later in the year.
With Holm’s momentum slightly halted due to inactivity, her next opponent in Vieira has regained something of her own after a Yana Kunitskaya deficiency. The 30-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt appeared in her first UFC main event in October when she faced another former UFC champion in Miesha Tate, where Vieira bled “Cupcake” by unanimous decision.