Holly Holm Looks To Move Closer to Title Shot With Win Over Shevchenko

Published on July 20th, 2016 3:35 pm EST
The main event of this weekend's UFC on Fox card will see former Bantamweight champion Holly Holm square off against Valentina Shevchenko.

This will be Holm's first fight since dropping her title to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 earlier in the year. Tate has already dropped her title to Amanda Nunes, which has opened the door for any number of women to get the next title shot, especially given the fact that Ronda Rousey is likely not going to return until 2017 at the earliest.

For Holm, this fight represents a perfect opportunity to get a shot at the title. With an emphatic victory over Shevchenko on Saturday night, "The Preacher's Daughter" will almost surely earn herself the next shot at the Bantamweight title.


Holm vs Shevchenko is a classic striker vs striker match-up. Given Holm's kickboxing pedigree and time spent as a champion, she is being given the clear edge to win this fight.

Here are the current betting odds for Holm vs Shevchenko:

Holly Holm, -333
Valentina Shevchenko, +250

According to these odds, Holm should win this fight 76.92% of the time.


Oddsmakers are expecting that this fight will likely go the full five rounds:

Over 4.5 Rounds, -170
Under 4.5 Rounds, +140

Here are the method of victory odds:

Holm by Finish, +188
Shevchenko by Finish, +700
Holm by Decision, +100
Shevchenko by Decision, +500
Draw, +6600


If there is a stoppage, oddsmakers believe that the most likely scenario is a first round stoppage by Holly Holm, as that result is currently trading at +550.

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