UFC ESPN 16 Main Event Preview

UFC ESPN 16 Main Event Preview
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 18: Holly Holm enters the octagon in her bantamweight fight during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The fight island bubble is popping with another great weekend. UFC ESPN 16 main event preview takes a look at the two athletes fighting at the top of the bill. Former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm returns to face Irene Aldana who is coming off an emphatic knockout win over Ketlen Viera. Similar in length and reach, Holm and Aldana have the power to end the fight in one shot. A clear contrast in styles as Aldana is more methodical in landing power. The “Preacher’s Daughter” prefers to use movement to bounce out of range. Also Holm likes more distance to set up her infamous head kick. On UFC ESPN 16 main event preview we look at what each athlete plans to use to secure the victory Saturday night.

Is this do or die for The Preacher’s Daughter?

Once upon a time, Holm, was the unheard of boxer who quietly amassed a record good enough to get bantamweight queen, Ronda Rousey’s attention. Declared the biggest underdog in UFC championship history, Holm entered the bout -20000. The former boxer shocked the world, capturing the bantamweight title in the second round after finishing the champion with a brutal head kick. Story time is over, and now Holm has been alternating wins and losses for a few years now. Despite her activity, the end of the road may come soon if she cannot keep herself relevant against Aldana.

UFC ESPN 16 Main Event Preview

The Mexican-born Aldana definitely has hands. Consequently, it’s rare to see one shot stopping power in the bantamweight division, especially while boxing. Precisely what makes this fight so exciting is Aldana’s willingness to use her boxing to shut Holm’s offense down. The power is evident as we saw against Viera, but the conditioning will be consequential to her victory. On the other hand, Holm’s volume and tendency to move around will give Aldana fits. Therefore it’s important for Aldana to remain patient and wait for the chance to catch Holm while she is standing square. On UFC ESPN 16 main event preview, a pivotal matchup that majorly impacts career trajectories will be on the line.

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