Top flyweight prospect Munah Holland will make her return to the Bellator cage on September 28th at Bellator Fighting Championships 74 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The hard-hitting boxer is expected to face off against grappling specialist Michelle Ould on the event’s preliminary card.
MMARising.com confirmed plans for the matchup with a source close to the promotion today following an announcement from Ould this week. Holland and Ould were first set to face off at Ring of Combat 37 one year ago, but the bout was scrapped when Ould suffered a last-minute injury backstage.
Holland (5-1-0) is currently riding an impressive four-fight winning streak that includes back-to-back one-punch knockout wins over fellow prospect Marianna “The Crushen Russian” Kheyfets and perennial contender Carina “Beauty But The Beast” Damm. The former Golden Gloves amateur boxing champion has enjoyed a quick rise up the 125-pound rankings and she sent a message to the rest of the division with her win over the much more experienced Damm. The short-notice bout with Damm was contested at a catchweight of 130 pounds. Holland is expected to return to flyweight for the featured preliminary card fight against Ould and she signed a long-term deal with Bellator earlier this month.
Ould (6-4-0, 1 NC) has battled through a number of injuries in recent years that have limited her time in the cage, but the talented wrestler has tasted defeat just once in more than three years. The setback came in a May 2010 bout with future Bellator champion Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Gurgel, in which an ankle injury forced Ould to withdraw midway through round two. Ould posted a third-round submission victory over Christina Marks in August 2011 and had been set to face Holland on the Ring of Combat 37 card, but reaggravated a back injury while warming up backstage. She most recently earned a quick and dominant submission win in January and is now set to make her Bellator debut.
With Bellator officials still hoping to stage a women’s flyweight tournament in early 2013, the bout between Holland and Ould could potentially propel the winner into the opening round of the tentative tournament next year.
Bellator Fighting Championships 74 takes place on September 28th at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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