For the second time in July, female fighters headline a UFC card. This time, it’s former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm who’s set to face Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko at UFC on Fox 20 July 23 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Holm (10-1) is coming off her sole career loss to Miesha Tate at UFC 196, where Holm lost the title she coveted for just under four months after handing long-time UFC champion Ronda Rousey her only career loss at UFC 193.
Holm is looking to bounce back and regain momentum to climb the ladder of contendership in the women’s bantamweight division with a win against Shefchenko, who has not plans to make it easy for Holm to get there.
Shevchenko (12-2), a multi-time Muay Thai champion in her own right, has enough experience and grit to make it an all-out war against Holm, which should make for an interesting headlining fight.
Strengths for Holm include her superior boxing and kickboxing skills and experience (70% knockout rate as opposed to Shevchenko’s 33%). She’s also got a 68% striking defense rate compared to Shevchenko’s 47% rate.
Holm also does well with a 100% takedown rate compared to Shevchenko’s 50% rate. With takedown defense, Holm comes in at 87% compared to Shevchenko’s 70% rate.
On the flipside, while Shevchenko hasn’t fought the big names that Holm has, she does have a 42% submission win rate as compared to 0% for Holm and a 54% striking accuracy compared to Holm at a 35% rate.
If both of these fighters give it their all at UFC on Fox 20, fans will be in for a real treat.
Betting Odds for UFC on Fox 20:
Fox Main Card:
Holly Holm (10-1) -200
Valentina Shevchenko (12-2) +185
Edson Barboza (17-4) -190
Gilbert Melendes (22-5) +175
Francis Ngannou (7-1) -600
Bojan Mihajlovic (10-3) +500
Felice Herrig (10-6) -105
Kailin Curran (4-2) -105
Fox Preliminary Card
Frankie Saenz (11-3) -150
Eddie Wineland (21-11-1) +140
Darren Elkins (20-5) -130
Godofredo Pepey (13-3) +210
Kamaru Usman (7-1) -235
Alexander Yakovlev (23-6-1) +215
Michel Prezeres (19-2) -220
J.C. Cottrell (17-3) +200
UFC Fight Pass Early Preliminary Card
Alex Olieveira (13-3-1, 1 NC) -200
James Moontasri (9-3) +185
Jim Alers (13-2-0, 1 NC) -140
Jason Knight (16-2) +130
Dmitrii Smoliakov (8-0) -145
Luis Henrique (18-2-0, 1 NC) +135