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|Yorgan de Castro||-265
|Germaine de Randamie||-139
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Holly Holm vs Irene Aldana – Women’s Bantamweight Division
Irene Aldana +100
Yorgan de Castro vs Carlos Felipe – Heavyweight Division
Yorgan de Castro -265
Germaine de Randamie vs Julianna Pena – Women’s Bantamweight Division
Germain de Randamie -139
Dequan Townsend vs Tusko Todorovic – Middleweight Division
Tusko Todorovic -335
|Holm vs Aldana Information|
|What||UFC on ESPN: Holm vs Aldana|
|Where||Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi|
|When||Saturday, October 3, 8:30 PM EST|
|How to watch||ESPN, TSN3, TSN5, UFC Fight Pass|
Holly Holm has had a rather underwhelming run in the UFC, especially since her defining moment of knocking out Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight championship. Since that victory, Holm dropped three straight (including losing the title to Meisha Tate) and has gone just 3-2 over her last five fights. She lost two more title opportunities to Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, one for the featherweight title and the other for the bantamweight strap. Following the TKO loss to Nunes, Holm did bounce back. Earlier this year at UFC 246, Holm would take on Raquel Pennington and defeat her via a three-round unanimous decision.
Standing at 5 ft. 8 in. tall, the 38-year-old former boxer (with a pro record of 33-2-3) possesses a reach of 70 inches. Training out of New Mexico with the infamous Jackson Wink MMA Academy, Holm has been fighting in MMA since 2011. She currently holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Roberto “Tussa” Alencar. She currently ranks as the number-two women’s bantamweight in the promotion as well as the eighth-best pound-for-pound women’s fighter.
Irene Aldana’s UFC career didn’t start out as she would have hoped, losing her first two in a row by decision. However, she has seen much success since, having gone 5-1 since the back-to-back defeats. She won three straight, including a submission win over former title challenger Bethe Correia before succumbing to a split-decision loss to Raquel Pennington to snap her streak. She currently finds herself, now, on a two-fight win streak, having most recently beaten Ketlen Vieira via first-round knockout at UFC 245 last December, earning her a performance of the night bonus.
Six-years younger than Holly Holm, Aldana stands equal to her opponent and will be at only a one-inch reach disadvantage Saturday night. The Mexican-born fighter trains out of her home country with Lobo Gym and has been doing so since the start of her MMA career in 2012. She is currently ranked by the UFC as the sixth-best women’s bantamweight.
A member of the Dana White Contender Series alum, Yorgan de Castro defeated Alton Meeks on the show via vicious TKO. He went on to debut for the UFC at UFC 243, knocking out Justin Tafa with a big right hand in the first round. He then ended up having two separate bouts with the controversial Greg Hardy before they finally collided at UFC 249 earlier this year. Greg Hardy would hand de Castro his first professional loss via unanimous decision.
Standing at an even 6 ft., the 32-year-old holds a reach of 74 inches. Born in Cape Verde, de Castro has moved his training stateside to Massachusetts where he trains with the Regiment Training Center.
Heading into the UFc as an undefeated 8-0 fighter, Carlos Felipe made his debut this past July when he took on Sergey Spivak at a UFC Fight Night event. Unfortunately for Felipe, Spivak would welcome him to the promotion with a unanimous decision loss – the first of his professional career.
Standing equal to his opponent at 6 ft. tall, Felipe will enter the octagon Saturday night with a one-inch reach advantage over his opponent. He is also seven-years younger than de Castro and known for his speed. The Brazilian-born fighter trains out of his home country with coaches Edilson Teixeira and Leonardo Pateira at LIFE MMA.
Germaine de Randamie has been a staple in the UFC since making her debut back in 2013. She has lost just twice under the UFC banner – her first loss coming against current double champ Amanda Nunes all the way back in 2013. She would go on to defeat main-event fighter Holly Holm for the inaugural women’s featherweight title but was subsequently stripped after seeming to refuse to fight Cris Cyborg. Germaine de Randamie would continue to win, however, beating Raquel Pennington and dishing out rising star Aspen Ladd the first loss of her career following being stripped of the title. She would fall in her most recent effort, though – dropping a unanimous decision to Amanda Nunes in their rematch for the bantamweight title.
The former kickboxer (with a professional record of 46-0) stands at 5 ft. 9 in. and holds a reach of 71 inches. Well-versed in muay Thai and boxing, the 36-year-old trains out of her home country in the Netherlands with CSA Holland. At the time of this writing, de Randamie is ranked as the number-one bantamweight contender in the UFC as well as the ninth-best pound-for-pound women’s fighter on the roster.
Since winning the Ultimate Fighter 18 and joining the UFC, Pena has made a clear name for herself. Starting her UFC career with back-to-back TKO finishes, she then went on to make it four wins in a row with back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Jessica Eye and Cat Zingano. Unfortunately, her momentum would be stopped in 2017 after suffering a submission loss to the now flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko. After taking time away from the sport to have a baby, Pena returned in 2019 to take on Nicco Montano. She would get back in the win column with a unanimous decision victory over the former champion.
Pena, five years younger than de Randamie, will stand two-inches shorter than her opponent and will be at a reach disadvantage of two-inches as well. Born in Washington, Pena trains out of Chicago with the Luiz Claudio Combat Team. She has been active in MMA since 2009 and is ranked as the number-four bantamweight contender and the 14th-best women’s mixed martial artist in the promotion.
A veteran of the sport of mixed martial arts, Dequan Townsend only made his way into the UFC in June of 2019 when he debuted against Dalcha Lungiambula. Townsend would lose the fight via TKO. The former light heavyweight contender would move down a weight class for his next bout, one in which he suffered a unanimous decision loss. His most recent fight, coming earlier this year against Devin Clark, was much of the same as Townsend dropped his third-straight in the UFC.
Standing at 6 ft. 3 in. tall, the 34-year-old fighter has a reach of 76 inches. Born in Michigan, Townsend currently trains out of his home state with Murcielago MMA. He has been fighting professionally since 2012 across three different weight classes.
Dusko Todorovic is an undefeated mixed martial artist who will be making his promotional debut this Saturday night after winning a unanimous decision last August against Teddy Ash on the Dana White Contender Series.
The Serbian fighter stands two-inches shorter than his opponent and will also have a two-inch reach disadvantage. But youth is on his side as Todorovic is just 26-years-old; eight years younger than Townsend. He trains out of his home country with Secutor MMA.
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