UFC Fight Island 4 marked the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second card of their second stint on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi. After a successful run back in July, the promotion was back for five straight shows. The second put the spotlight on the women’s bantamweight division, with four of the top six 135lb females on the planet in action.
Topping the event, Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana. Holm never seems to be more than one win away from a title shot. But Mexico’s Aldana had an opportunity to use a win over “The Preacher’s Daughter” to launch herself into a title shot with double-champ Amanda Nunes.
The number-one ranked fighter in the division, meanwhile, remained the most recent title challenger, Germaine de Randamie. She was in action at UFC Fight Island 4 as well, taking on Ultimate Fighter winner Julianna Pena.
Pena, like Aldana, was a fresh face for the title picture. Injuries and the birth of her daughter had kept her out of the cage for lengthy stretches of time in recent years. But as with Aldana and Holm, a statement win over “The Iron Lady” could boost her into a title shot.
Following Saturday’s event, tune in for the UFC Fight Island 4 post-fight press conference. A live stream is available above.