UFC Fight Night, headlined by the main event featuring Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana in a UFC bantamweight bout, takes place on Saturday, October 3, 2020 (10/3/20) at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The main card begins at 10:30 p.m. ET, while the preliminary fights begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The main card will be broadcast on ESPN, while the prelims will be broadcast on ESPN+. Fans can watch the main card for free via a trial of fuboTV, and can subscribe to ESPN+ to watch the prelims here.
ESPN is the exclusive home of UFC in the United States. Along with pay-per-view events exclusively available on ESPN+, the station’s main channel will host events on a regular basis. A majority of the promotions events are broadcast on ESPN+.
Holly Holm continues her journey to once again become the women’s bantamweight champion on Saturday night, as she returns to the Octagon to face rising contender Irene Aldana in the main event of UFC Fight Night at “Fight Island” from the Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Initially, Holm and Aldana were scheduled to meet at the beginning of August. But 10 days before the fight, Aldana had bow out due to contracting COVID-19. Holm was taken off the card and moved to Saturday at the top of the marquee.
It’s been a bumpy road for Holm since knocking out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November 2015. She’s gone 3-5 with four of those being championship bouts. But Holm got back on track at January’s UFC 246, defeating Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision. A win over Aldana puts her right back in position to get one more opportunity at the gold.
Aldana stands in Holm’s way of her pursuit of the belt. The native of Mexico has won four of her last five, including back-to-back tilts that were punctuated by a highlight-reel KO of Ketlen Vieira at UFC 245.
While a win against someone of Holm’s stature won’t net her a title shot, it will put her in the rankings and vault Aldana into top contender status. Holm needs a dominant showing to remind everyone she’s still here and is a force to be reckoned with.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: UFC Fight Night: Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana
Main Event: Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana
When: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Where: Yas Island
Main Card Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (main card only)