UFC Rumors: End Of The Road For Holly Holm?
The unpredictability of the UFC Women’s class continues with the stunning upset win of Valentina Schevchenko over former champion and match favorite Holly Holm at UFC on Fox 20 in Chicago.Advertisement
Shevchenko won via unanimous decision (49-46) and becomes the last UFC lass to join the circle of up and coming female fighters.
Official: Valentina Shevchenko def. Holly Holm via UD (49-46 x 3).
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It was a battle of strikers from the start with Holm seemingly setting the tide with a knockdown in the first round. Shevchenko managed to work her way back through efficient counters. An accidental headbutt in the third may have proved helpful as Shevchenko used her speed to the max.
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In the end, Schevchenko came out with the unanimous win and joined the ranks of new stars on the horizon. While the Russian is hoping to get a shot at champion Amanda Nunes, the outlook for Holm is not so rosy.
It would be safe to assume that this match with Shevchenko was Holm’s first step back towards redemption. Following her loss at UFC 196, the “Preacher’s Daughter” was looking to get another crack at the women’s bantamweight belt. Unfortunately the loss pushed her deeper back the line.
It also places a damper on a possible rematch with either Miesha Tate or Ronda Rousey with Holm needing to work her way back to the top following the unforeseen loss. She is expected to get back on her feet yet again.
The Stars Continue To Frown On Holm
Holm seemed prepped and ready for her road back to redemption. It was a match of strikers, which had the makings of an epic clash. She had the size advantage and the experience to pull it off. But the Russian obviously did her homework and snatched an important win.
It remains to be seen now if the UFC will arrange a showdown between Shevchenko and Nunes. The reigning champion did outlast “Bullet” at UFC 196 so a rematch makes all the sense in the world.