UFC Fight Island 4 live blog: Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images This is the UFC Fight Island 4 live blog for Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana, the bantamweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Former bantamweight Holly Holm returns to the cage nine months after a second decision win over Raquel Pennington in an appearance at UFC 246. The ex-champ has struggled to stay consistent in the octagon as of late, bouncing between wins and losses in her past six fights, though she’s consistently faced the best in women’s MMA, including Valentina Shevchenko, Germaine de Randamie, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes. A fight against Aldana gives Holm the chance to stay within striking distance of a title, which might be more conceivable if current two-division champ Nunes – who knocked her out – cedes one or both of the belts. Aldana is 10 months removed from one of the most impressive wins of her career, a knockout of Ketlen Vieira that snapped the Brazilian’s four-fight win streak and potential No. 1 contender spot. The Mexican fighter has won two straight and is 5-3 overall in the octagon. Check out the UFC Fight Island 4 live blog below. ',c(t.firstChild,i)))})(window);

UFC Fight Island 4 live blog: Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

This is the UFC Fight Island 4 live blog for Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana, the bantamweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

Former bantamweight Holly Holm returns to the cage nine months after a second decision win over Raquel Pennington in an appearance at UFC 246. The ex-champ has struggled to stay consistent in the octagon as of late, bouncing between wins and losses in her past six fights, though she’s consistently faced the best in women’s MMA, including Valentina Shevchenko, Germaine de Randamie, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes.

A fight against Aldana gives Holm the chance to stay within striking distance of a title, which might be more conceivable if current two-division champ Nunes – who knocked her out – cedes one or both of the belts.

Aldana is 10 months removed from one of the most impressive wins of her career, a knockout of Ketlen Vieira that snapped the Brazilian’s four-fight win streak and potential No. 1 contender spot. The Mexican fighter has won two straight and is 5-3 overall in the octagon.

Check out the UFC Fight Island 4 live blog below.

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UFC Fight Island 4 results: Carlos Felipe punches his way to unanimous decision over Yorgan De Castro

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC Carlos Felipe showed no fear of a striking battle on the feet as he out dueled Yorgan De Castro in the UFC Fight Island 4 co-main event. The Brazilian was constantly on the attack, pushing De Castro around the cage and throwing punches in bunches over all three rounds to earn the unanimous decision victory. The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 with Felipe picking up his first win in the UFC. “I love doing this,” Felipe said following his win. “I fight having fun. Love me or hate me. I have some violence inside me and I put it inside the cage.” The heavyweights were definitely throwing with bad intentions in every exchange with Felipe closing the distance while throwing a stiff leg kick and then targeting the head with his punches. In return, De Castro was threatening to counter by throwing huge power behind every shot. Still, De Castro appeared to be just a step behind Felipe, who was a little faster on his feet and that allowed him to connect with his strikes and then avoid the heat-seeking missiles coming back at him. As the fight moved into the second round, Felipe started targeting the body with a series of hard shots. De Castro was still throwing with massive power behind his combinations but he was on his back foot with Felipe consistently walking him down. Combos on combos #UFCFightIsland4 live on ESPN pic.twitter.com/bDuGzKFIDz— UFC (@ufc) October 4, 2020 Despite being up on the scorecards, Felipe was going for the kill after unleashing a flurry of punches at the beginning of the third and final round. While it was a blistering start, the action slowed to a crawl with De Castro looking for the clinch and referee Kevin Sataki opting to break them apart almost every single time without much warning at all. Regardless of the strange way the final five minutes played out, Felipe had done more than enough to secure the victory and he wasted no time calling out his next opponent after having his hand raised. “There was a guy in Brazil, he run away from me since last year,” Felipe shouted. “Raphael Pessoa, come on man.”

UFC Fight Island 4 results: Carlos Felipe punches his way to unanimous decision over Yorgan De Castro
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Carlos Felipe showed no fear of a striking battle on the feet as he out dueled Yorgan De Castro in the UFC Fight Island 4 co-main event.

The Brazilian was constantly on the attack, pushing De Castro around the cage and throwing punches in bunches over all three rounds to earn the unanimous decision victory. The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 with Felipe picking up his first win in the UFC.

“I love doing this,” Felipe said following his win. “I fight having fun. Love me or hate me. I have some violence inside me and I put it inside the cage.”

The heavyweights were definitely throwing with bad intentions in every exchange with Felipe closing the distance while throwing a stiff leg kick and then targeting the head with his punches. In return, De Castro was threatening to counter by throwing huge power behind every shot.

Still, De Castro appeared to be just a step behind Felipe, who was a little faster on his feet and that allowed him to connect with his strikes and then avoid the heat-seeking missiles coming back at him.

As the fight moved into the second round, Felipe started targeting the body with a series of hard shots. De Castro was still throwing with massive power behind his combinations but he was on his back foot with Felipe consistently walking him down.

Despite being up on the scorecards, Felipe was going for the kill after unleashing a flurry of punches at the beginning of the third and final round. While it was a blistering start, the action slowed to a crawl with De Castro looking for the clinch and referee Kevin Sataki opting to break them apart almost every single time without much warning at all.

Regardless of the strange way the final five minutes played out, Felipe had done more than enough to secure the victory and he wasted no time calling out his next opponent after having his hand raised.

“There was a guy in Brazil, he run away from me since last year,” Felipe shouted. “Raphael Pessoa, come on man.”

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