Norma Dumont Interested in Interim Featherweight Title Bout Against Holly Holm
Norma Dimont did not get the opponent she wanted on Saturday night, but she was grateful she was able to fight.
The Brazilian relied on piercing, work and steady abstraction to win a five-round verdict against Aspen Ladd in the UFC Fight Night 195 title at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Land soon replaced Holly Holm, who left the main event after a knee injury.
“I knew (Ladd) was going to give me a fun fight,” Dumont told a news conference after Saturday ‘s game. “She saved me because we were on the verge of not having one. He is a tough fighter, he is a fun fighter and I am very happy that we managed to achieve that “.
The fight was generally a vague affair, in large part because Land offered few ways with a substantial offense for the majority of the five rounds. Ladd, who normally competes in bantamweight, agreed to take the race two weeks after the failed weight loss that resulted in the cancellation of her clash with Macy Chiasson. However, Dumont believes it deserves more credit than it received for limiting Ladd’s efforts.
“Aspen did exactly what it does in its other races, except this time it really faced a fighter who could hit it, stop it from doing it. It’s not stupid,” Dumont said. “I’m going to knock her out.”
With top featherweight champion Amanda Nunes currently scheduled for a 135-pound title defense against Julianna Pena at the end of the year, the 145-pound weight class is in a containment pattern. While Nunes was dealing with other issues, Dumont suggested a new Holm match booking – only this time with higher stakes.
“I do not want the department to stop. I want to have fights, so I’m absolutely willing to do this fight. I understand that Amanda is going to make a title defense and then later in a possible fight with Valentina [Shevchenko], so we could only meet in the middle of next year. I certainly do not want to fight so hard. I think that a fight, even for the temporary zone with Holly, could bring some attention to the category and other athletes enter the section with the winner of this fight continuing and facing Amanda “.
What is clear is that with three consecutive victories, Dumont suddenly emerged as the top contender in a perpetually shallow category. Competing on top of a card is something Dumont admits it could be used to doing.
“It’s a part where we do not know who we are fighting, I will leave it in the hands of the UFC,” Dumont said. “I have never given up on a fight. I will continue to prepare in the gym and I hope it will be a big name and I hope it will be a main event, as I thought it was very nice “.