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Holly Holm returns to featherweight, books opponent for Oct. 16 UFC event

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Holm has not competed at featherweight since June 2018. 

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Holly Holm is moving from bantamweight to featherweight, again.

On Wednesday evening, Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting reported that Holm and Norma Dumont have verbally agreed to fight each other at an upcoming UFC event that is currently scheduled for Oct. 16. Holm took to social media to confirm the fight, but it has not been announced as official by the UFC brass.

The event does not have a location or venue determined yet.

Holm last competed at featherweight against Megan Anderson at UFC 225, where she earned a unanimous decision victory and returned to the win column following a failed title bid against then-champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino a few months earlier. Holm then dropped down from featherweight to bantamweight in her next appearance, which was a title fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 239. She was finished in the first round by way of technical knockout.

Holm is now on a two-fight win streak, scoring unanimous decision victories over Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana at UFC 246 and UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana respectively. She was supposed to meet Julianna Peña at UFC on ESPN: Rodriguez vs. Waterson in May, but was forced to withdraw after being diagnosed with a condition known as hydronephrosis that required surgery. Holm has since recovered and had her sights set on Miesha Tate for a fight, however, that will have to wait in light of the Dumont matchup.

Dumont has also alternated between weight classes, with her most recent fight coming at featherweight. She defeated former UFC title challenger and Invicta FC champion Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt in May. Prior to that win, Dumont also defeated Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark in what was supposed to be a bantamweight fight, but the Brazilian missed weight.

Dumont stated she would like to keep competing at 135 pounds, but it looks like she will be staying at 145 pounds for the foreseeable future.

With the addition of Holm vs. Dumont, the event in October now has five announced fights. Here is how the card looks:

  • Nate Landwehr vs. Ľudovít Klein
  • Maryna Moroz vs. Luana Carolina
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Carlos Felipe
  • Ariane Carnelossi vs. Istela Nunes
  • Holly Holm vs. Norma Dumont