Former bantumweight champ Holly Holm has been tapped to fight for the UFC’s first female featherweight title, in a fight against Germaine de Randamie in February.
The 145-pound title fight will take place at UFC 208 inside Barclays Center on Feb. 11.
For Holm (10-2), she will attempt to become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes, alongside Conor McGregor, BJ Penn and Randy Couture.
The 35-year-old shocked the world last November, when she scored a historic upset of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 and becoming the UFC’s female bantumweight champion. However, since that win, Holm has suffered back-to-back losses (the first of her career). First, she lost the belt to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in March, and then, a decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko in July.
“How awesome is that?” Holm said. “In my dream world, I want to win the 145-pound belt and get back the 135-pound belt I lost. I’d like to hold both simultaneously. That’s really the dream. If you’re not wanting things like that, you’re not going to do well in this sport.”
De Randamie (6-3), of the Netherlands, is a former professional kickboxer with a 3-1 record in the UFC. Three of her six professional wins have come via knockout.