HOLLY HOLM is aiming to develop into the primary feminine two-weight world champion at UFC 219.
However there’s only one small downside – the American is dealing with the dominant Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.
The famous person duo go head-to-head in Las Vegas on Saturday evening, prime of a stacked invoice that additionally options bear-wrestling Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Holm’s conflict with Cyborg needs to be one for the ages.
The Preacher’s Daughter is aiming to shock the world for the second time – again in November 2015, she ended Ronda Rousey’s domination on the prime of the game.
Holm, now 36, received the bantamweight title with a brutal kick to the pinnacle that knocked out her A-list opponent, in entrance of a record-breaking crowd of 56,000 folks in Melbourne, Australia.
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The American is also considered one of the best female boxers of all-time after winning world titles at three weights, defending the belts on 18 occasions.
But she will certainly have her work cut out against Cyborg.
Holm lost three successive fights after that stunning Rousey win, before beating Bethe Correia in June.
Many within the sport believe that a win over Cyborg would be a bigger upset for Holm than the one against Rousey.
The Brazilian, 32, has dominated MMA in her 12 year career.
Cyborg lost her debut fight but since that has gone undefeated, winning every fight bar a no contest against Hiroko Yamanaka.
Three dominant performances since moving to UFC in May 2016 have only seen her popularity grow.
Cyborg has scored devastating KO wins against Leslie Smith, Lina Lansberg and Tonya Evinger – winning the vacant featherweight belt in that last fight.
Co-headlining the event is Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has continued to call out Conor McGregor.
Video exists of the The Eagle wrestling a bear as a child, has struggled with injuries and making weight this year but is a firm fan favourite.
He fights Edson Barboza, who scored a stunning win over Beneil Dariush with a flying knee earlier this year.
Barboza is one of the most exciting fighters in the promotion, having been involved in a ‘Fight of the Night’ six times in his UFC career.
The winner of this bout should face Tony Ferguson, who holds the interim lightweight title in the continued absence of McGregor.
The Notorious, whose UFC plans are still unknown, could be a future opponent for one of these three.
Englishman Marc Diakiese is also on the bill.
The Bonecrusher, who comes from Doncaster, is hoping to bounce back from a contentious defeat to Drakkar Klose in the Ultimate Fighter finale in July.
The 24-year-old told SunSport earlier this week that he will knock out Dan Hooker in Vegas.
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UFC 219 FIGHT CARD
Main Card (BT Sport, 3am)
UFC Women’s Featherweight Title: Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm
Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Edson Barboza
Lightweight: Dan Hooker vs Marc Diakiese
Women’s Strawweight: Cynthia Calvillo vs Carla Esparza
Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs Neil Magny
Prelims (BT Sport, 1am)
Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree vs Michal Oleksiejczuk
Featherweight: Myles Jury vs Rick Glenn
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori vs Omari Akhmedov
Flyweight: Louis Smolka vs Matheus Nicolau