It is fight week! UFC on Fox 20: Holm vs. Shevchenko is just around the corner. For a free card, it looks to be quite stacked. It will be held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 2016. The main event features former boxing and former UFC Women?s Bantamweight champion Holly Holm taking on multiple-time Muay Thai world champion Valentina Shevchenko. On paper, this potentially could be a very technical striking match with MMA gloves. This will be co-headlined by a lightweight bout featuring Edson Barboza and Gilbert Melendez–a Fight of the Night contender.
Holm, in her last fight, failed to defend her belt for the first time against Miesha Tate. She was choked unconscious in the 5th round. This was at the UFC 196 earlier this year on March 5. On the same card, Shevchenko also fought and lost a unanimous decision against the current UFC Women?s Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. With both fighters coming out of a loss, a win is crucial for both of them this time.
Meanwhile, Melendez has lost his last two fights. The more recent one was to the now UFC Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez where Melendez came out of the bout down with a split decision loss. The bout before that was against then champion Anthony Pettis and it was for the UFC Lightweight Championship. Melendez ended up getting submitted via a guillotine choke in the second round of the bout.
Barboza, on the other hand, won three of his last five fight. One win was over Pettis. A win over Melendez in this UFC On Fox 20 card could put him finally into title contention.
UFC on Fox 20 will also feature a women?s strawweight bout between Felice Herrig and Kailin Curran and a bantamweight bout between Frankie Saenz and Eddie Wineland.
Here?s the UFC on Fox 20 official fight card:
Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko – Women?s Bantamweight
Edson Barbosa vs. Gilbert Melendez – Lightweight
Francis Ngannou vs. Bojan Mihajlovic – Heavyweight
Felice Herrig vs. Kailin Curran – ?Women?s Strawweight
Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland – Bantamweight
Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey – Featherweight
Kamaru Usman vs. Alexander Yakovlev – Welterweight
Michel Prazeres vs. J.C. Cottrell – Lightweight
Alex Oliveira vs. James Moontasri – Welterweight
Hector Urbina vs. George Sullivan – Welterweight
Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight – Featherweight
Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov – Heavyweight
Stay tuned for more UFC on Fox 20 updates.