As if Holly Holm’s last fight wasn’t a big enough pay per view event, her next one might be even bigger.
Bleacher Report, followed by numerous other websites, broke news Thursday night that Holm (10-0) will make her first UFC women’s bantamweight championship defense on March 5 in Las Vegas, Nev., against Miesha Tate (17-5) as the co-main event of UFC 197.
The main event that night is pay-per-view megastar Conor McGregor, the UFC’s recently crowned featherweight champion, fighting UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in McGregor’s pursuit to become the UFC’s first multi-division champion.
The UFC has not confirmed the reports.
Holm has maintained since beating Ronda Rousey on Nov. 14 in Australia at UFC 193 that she wanted to remain active as a champion and not wait until July for her next fight, which is when UFC President Dana White last month insisted Holm would return to the octagon. Earlier this week, it became clear that was not going to happen.
Another Albuquerque native who got welcome fight news on Thursday was Ray “The Tazmexican Devil” Borg, who trains out of FIT-NHB gym.
Borg (9-1) will fight fellow flyweight prospect Justin Scoggins (10-2) at UFC 196 on Feb. 6 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.