The UFC have confirmed that Holly Holm will make her comeback against Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of UFC on FOX 20 on July 23 in Chicago.
Holm last fought at UFC 196 on March 5 where she lost her women’s bantamweight title when she was made to submit in the fifth round of her bout with Miesha Tate.
While the 34-year-old was eager to face Tate in a rematch, the UFC decided to make Tate’s first title defence against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9.
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Holm admitted that she was disappointed at being snubbed, but that she will now be looking to use her bout against Shevchenko as a stepping stone to regaining her title.
“As far as how she won the belt, it wasn’t like she was just dominating me,” Holm had said on The MMA Hour last month. “I was ahead. I was winning that fight. And yeah, she totally had round two and dominated round two. But in my eyes and I think most people’s eyes, that’s why a rematch made sense. It wasn’t like really one-sided. I felt like I was winning and she came with a submission in the end. I don’t see why they wouldn’t want to see a rematch with something like that.
“That’s what’s frustrating about it. It’s like, Man, I want to fight for that rematch, but that might be a while.”
Shevchenko will also be heading into the fight on the back of a loss as she had her five-fight winning streak snapped by Nunes, who defeated her via unanimous decision at UFC 196.