Holly Holm returns to featherweight, meets Norma Dumont at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 16

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Holly Holm is taking her talents back to the UFC women’s featherweight division for a matchup with Norma Dumont.

Holm (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC), the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, had been campaigning for a rematch with Miesha Tate next. She won’t get it, and instead will take on Dumont (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 16. The event does not have a location or venue announced.

MMA Junkie verified the matchup with multiple people close to the situation following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The people requested anonymity because UFC has yet to make an official announcement.

Holm was scheduled to face Julianna Pena in May, but was forced to withdraw due to a kidney issue that required surgery. She told MMA Junkie this past week that she was interested in rematching Tate, who took her UFC belt in 2016, but the promotion has opted to move in a different direction.

“The Preacher’s Daughter” will compete at 145 pounds for the first time since June 2018.

Dumont, meanwhile, will look for a signature victory on her resume after picking up back-to-back wins over Felicia Spencer and Ashlee Evans-Smith. The Brazilian has had some struggles making weight at bantamweight, and now it appears the organization is pushing her at featherweight.

The latest UFC Fight Night on Oct. 16 lineup now includes:

  • Ludovit Klein vs. Nate Landwehr

  • Luana Carolina vs. Maryna Moroz

  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Carlos Felipe

  • Norma Dumont vs. Holly Holm