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Holm-Aldana UFC weekend main event called off

The organized main event for the Aug. 1 UFC Fight Night card between Holly Holm and Irene Aldana has been called off.

Aldana took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that she had to withdraw after testing positive for the coronavirus.

According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the main event will be Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan with Holm vs. Aldana no longer on the card.

Helwani added that the current plan is to rearrange Holm vs. Aldana for Oct. 5 as the main event.

The 32-year-old Aldana has won five of her past six fights and is among the fastest-rising stars in UFC’s female ranks. Holm was set to be arguably the biggest challenge of Aldana’s career despite her recent inconsistency.

Holm is best known for her shocking upset victory over Ronda Rousey in 2015, but she is just 3-5 since the win of her life. She has fallen to big names such as Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, but she is coming off a win over Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 in January.

Aldana lost to Pennington last year, but she has bounced back with victories over Vanessa Melo and Ketlen Vieira.

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Overall, Aldana is 12-5 with six wins by way of knockout and three submission victories professionally, while the 38-year-old Holm is 13-5 with eight knockouts. Holm is ranked second in the UFC women’s bantamweight division, and Aldana is sixth.

Whenever the Holm vs. Aldana fight does take place, the winner could be in line for a title shot versus Nunes.

The middleweight bout between Brunson and Shahbazyan will be a classic case of a clash between a grizzled veteran and an up-and-coming youngster.

Brunson, 36, is 20-7 professionally and has faced some of the biggest names in the sport, including Anderson Silva, Israel Adesanya and Lyoto Machida. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Shahbazyan is a perfect 11-0 with nine of those wins by knockout.

Shahbazyan hasn’t faced the big names Brunson has, but he is 5-0 under the UFC banner and viewed as one of the top prospects in the sport.

If Shahbazyan manages to defeat Brunson, it will be the biggest win of his career and should help him rise significantly from his No. 9 ranking in the middleweight division.

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Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

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When: Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. ET

Long-dominant women’s bantamweight championRonda Rousey (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) looks for her seventh consecutive title defense when she takes on former boxing champion and undefeated MMA contender Holly Holm (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Rousey, a hefty 16-1 favorite heading into Saturday’s fight, is ranked No. 1 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, and Holm is No. 9

Rousey is 12-0-0 and her last fight — a TKO over Bethe Correia on Aug. 1 — lasted just 34 seconds. The much-anticipated Rousey-Holm bout will be held at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia

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A crowd of over 60,000 is predicted to turn out for the occasion and Rousey admits if she’s ever going to break the record, it’s in Melbourne.

“I’m very conscious of it,” Rousey told foxsports.com.au of the attendance record.

“It’s an ambitious goal but Australia’s the perfect place to try and do that. The people have a real appreciation for fighting that is unrivalled. They have the ability to come and show their support for a historic event.”

Both women are undefeated in their MMA careers, which has rocketed Rousey to superstardom and made Holm a credible opponent to Rousey’s dominant reign at the top. This will be a classic grappler vs. striker match, which should it make it interesting.

The co-headliner is a UFC strawweight championship bout, as queen of the division Joanna Jedrzejczyk meets up with contender Valerie Letourneau. Letourneau skyrocketed up the rankings and surprisingly snatched this title shot against the Polish champion. Jedrzejczyk is undefeated and has looked nothing short of spectacular thus far in her UFC career.

The card also features a rematch of a barnburner from not long ago when Mark Hunt takes on Antonio Silva. Then you have names like Robert Whittaker, Uriah Hall and Stefan Struve. It looks to be an exciting night that will go down in the books as one of the best in 2015.

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