No.9: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Holly Holm
Given the accolades that Holly Holm received after her KO win against Ronda Rousey back in November of last year, few would have foreseen that she’d then fail to register a win in 2016, but that’s the card she was dealt.
After losing her bantamweight title to Miesha Tate earlier in the year, there was little hesitation from oddsmakers in installing her as the favorite going into her next fight with Russia’s Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of July’s UFC On FOX 20 event.
That made sense given that Holm had been winning her fight with Tate up until being surprised by a submission deep into the final round, and with Shevchenko being more likely to settle for engaging on the feet, that would give the former boxing champion a chance to shine where she’s most comfortable.
However, while Shevchenko was only ranked No.7 in the division at the time after a 1-1 start to her UFC career, she was still a multiple-time kickboxing champion and her striking skills would prove too much for Holm on the night, leading to ‘Bullet’ recording a comfortable unanimous decision victory.If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!