Holly Holm out of next weekend's main event (and other news)
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The Oct. 16 UFC main event has taken another hit.
Per sources, Holly Holm is out of the headliner fight versus Norma Dumont due to a knee injury. It’s unclear at this time what the UFC will do with the main event now.
Holm, according to sources, is hoping to return to action by the end of 2021.
This marks the second headliner the promotion has lost for that card. The original one, Miesha Tate vs. Ketlen Vieira, was canceled after Tate tested positive for COVID-19.
Holm (14-5) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Irene Aldana last October, while Dumont won a split decision over Felicia Spencer in May.
In other news today:
Bellator president Scott Coker announced on today’s episode of The MMA Hour that, beginning Jan. 1, 2022, all Bellator non-title main events will be five rounds.
Coker also announced that Patricio “Pitbull” Freire has vacated his lightweight title and Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Peter Queally will be for the vacant title on Nov. 12 in Ireland.
Speaking of Ireland, Eire’s own Sinead Kavanugh will fight Cris Cyborg for the Bellator women’s featherweight title on Nov. 5, per Coker.
Francis Ngannou vs. Cyril Gane for the undisputed UFC heavyweight title is slated for Jan. 22, per sources. La Sueur first reported the news.
Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukus 2 will take place on Nov. 13.
The Glory Kickboxing heavyweight title fight — Alistair Overeem vs. Rico Verhoeven —on Oct. 23 has been canceled after Overeem was forced to withdraw due to injury.
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