Holly Holm vs Ketlen Vieira will headline May 21 UFC Vegas card

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Holly Holm vs Ketlen Vieira
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Holly Holm reacts following her victory by unanimous decision against Raquel Pennington during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A women’s bantamweight scrap pitting top-five talents Holly Holm vs Keltlen Vieira is expected to headline a UFC Vegas card in May.

Veteran MMA reporter Ariel Helwani broke the news of the booking on Tuesday afternoon, which is expected to serve as the main event of a UFC Vegas card on May 21. MMA news outlet MMAJunkie later added that while no official contracts have been signed, both sides have verbally agreed to the terms of the prospective fight.

Holly Holm vs Ketlen Vieira expected to headline UFC Vegas card in May

Holm (33-2-3) had a run of bad luck in 2021. After winning both of her bouts in 2020, “The Preachers Daughter” had important matchups with top-10 fighters Norma Dumont and Julianna Pena fall through before fight night last year. Costing the 40-year-old former bantamweight champion more than a year of activity at a point in her career when she can least afford it.

Despite her inactivity, Holm is still ranked second in the UFC’s women’s 135-pound rankings and seventh on the women’s pound-for-pound list.

Vieira (12-2) split her two fights last year. She opened 2021 with a February unanimous decision loss to Yana Kunitskaya. She followed that setback up in a November unanimous decision victory, in her first main event slot, over former division queen Miesha Tate. The win lifted her up to fifth in the division rankings.

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