Holly Holm proved that she is still hungry to reclaim the UFC women’s bantamweight crown with a vintage performance against No. 6 Irene Aldana at UFC on ESPN 16 Saturday night at Fight Island.
Holm used her wealth of experience to land combinations, mixing up her strikes with takedowns later on to neutralize the youth and determination of Aldana, who was making her main event debut.
The judges scored it 50-44, 50-45, and 50-45.
With the win, Holm notched her second consecutive win and likely retained her No. 2 ranking. Aldana had her two fight streak snapped with the loss.
Germaine de Randamie, Kyler Phillips, Dusko Todorovic, and Luigi Vendramini earned Performances of the night and a $50,000 USD bonus apiece.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
In case you missed the prelims:
LUIGI VENDRAMINI DEF. JESSIN AYARI VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 1:12
CASEY KENNEY DEF. HEILI ALATENG VIA UD (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
LOMA LOOKBOONMEE DEF. JINH YU FREY VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
NASSOURDINE IMAVOV DEF. JORDAN WILLIAMS VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
JOSH CULIBAO VS. CHARLES JOURDAIN SPLIT DRAW (30-27, 29-28, 28-28)
CARLOS CONDIT DEF. COURT MCGEE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
KYLER PHILLIPS VS. CAMERON ELSE
WINNER: KYLER PHILLIPS VIA TKO (PUNCHES AND ELBOWS) R2 0:44
ANDREWS PREDICTION: KYLER PHILLIPS VIA UD
Andrews: Phillips is welcoming Else to the octagon. Else has a spotless finishing record, but I think Phillips uses his UFC experience to grind out a decision.
DEQUAN TOWNSEND VS. DUSKO TODOROVIC
WINNER: DUSKO TODOROVIC VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 3:15
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DUSKO TODOROVIC VIA TKO
Andrews: Townsend did well, but the crisp striking and takedowns of Todorovic was impressive.
GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VS. JULIANNA PENA
WINNER: GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R3 3:25
ANDREWS PREDICTION: GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VIA TKO
Andrews: Excellent guillotine finish for de Randamie after Pena was coming on strong with a good second round on the ground.
YORGAN DE CASTRO VS. CARLOS FELIPE
WINNER: CARLOS FELIPE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: YORGAN DE CASTRO VIA TKO
#2 HOLLY HOLM VS. #6 IRENE ALDANA
WINNER: HOLLY HOLM VIA UD (50-44, 50-45, 50-45)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: IRENE ALDANA VIA UD
Andrews: Holm proved there is still some ground for the new guard to cover. If she can keep this up, she will get the title shot.