Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana, Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan Booked for Aug. 1

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jun 9, 2020


A bantamweight clash between Holly Holm and Irene Aldana will headline an Ultimate Fighting Championship card on Aug. 1.

The event is expected to be a UFC Fight Night and will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card will also included a middleweight matchup pitting Derek Brunson against Edmen Shahbazyan. ESPN.com was first to report the bouts.

Holm, a former bantamweight champion, has won three of her last five UFC appearances. Most recently, the Jackson-Wink MMA staple took a unanimous decision over Raquel Pennington in a rematch at UFC 246 on Jan. 18.

Aldana has been on a roll of late, winning five of her last six in the Octagon. The 32-year-old Mexican bantamweight earned a signature victory in her last outing, as she knocked out Ketlen Vieira in the opening stanza at UFC 245.

Brunson went 2-0 in 2019, defeating both Ian Heinisch and Elias Theodorou by unanimous decision. The North Carolina native’s UFC tenure also includes wins over the likes of Lyoto Machida, Uriah Hall, Lorenz Larkin and Chris Leben.

Unbeaten in 11 professional outings, Shahbazyan looks like a rising star in the UFC. The Glendale Fighting Club representative has kicked off his promotional tenure with four consecutive victorious, including first-round finishes of Charles Byrd, Jack Marshman and Brad Tavares.

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