UFC Fight Island 4 was an eye opener as Holly Holm may have turned in her best performance of her MMA career and she did it at 38-years-old.
The former bantamweight queen moved graceful around the octagon while throwing stinging strikes and mixing in five takedowns on route to a unanimous decision win over Irene Aldana in the main event.
While Holm says she’s open to anything in her next fight, I’m sure she wants a title fight. Let’s find out what’s happening next on this Matchmaker Monday
Result: defeated Irene Aldana by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Island 4
Next: UFC title fight
Holm was incredible. She looked like a killer who can beat anyone on planet Earth. Hard to believe that we’re talking this way about a former champion.
After a performance like she’s earned a title fight. Now for the specifics of the title fight it may get tricky.
Amanda Nunes holds both the bantamweight and featherweight titles. She has a featherweight title fight scheduled for Dec. 12. She also just became a parent. So what’s next for Holm depends on what happens in the future with Nunes. The champ-champ might beat Megan Anderson and want to retire as the GOAT. She may lose and want a a rematch. She may win and decide to keep fighting and choose to not fight at 135 pound again. Or of course she can go back to bantamweight and defend her belt again.
No matter what Nunes decides to do in the future, Holm will get a title fight. If for some reason it’s not in a fight against Nunes, then it’ll come in a rematch against Germaine De Randamie, who picked up an impressive submission win over Julianna Peña.
Result: lost to Holly Holm by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Island
Next: Marion Reneau
Aldana appeared to have bit off a little more than she can chew. It was a big test for her and she failed. That’s not a knock on her, but Holm was just that good.
Now Aldana needs to make her way back into that type of position and that roadmap should start with someone like Marion Reneau.
Both of those fighters are ranked close by and Aldana should fight someone ranked lower than her. Reneau recently suffered an undisclosed injury so that can change the name here.
Either way expect Aldana to be fighting someone ranked close to her, but behind her in her next bout.