With Cris Cyborg lacking much real competition at 145 pounds where she holds the Featherweight Championship, a former challenger and a highly touted prospect locked horns at UFC 225.
One-time UFC Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm welcomed Megan Anderson to the UFC Saturday night, a year and a half after Anderson's last fight. For Megan, a title opportunity against one of the greatest, most dominant champions of all-time was on the line. For Holm, relevance across two divisions was at stake.
Holm was able to impose her will after an early flurry from Anderson, and spent the majority of the bout controlling Anderson, pinning her, and working ground and pound wherever available.
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Round Three: The round begins with Holm kicking Anderson in the midsection, Holm then nails Anderson with a multiple punch combination. Holm grabs Anderson and she gets her against the cage wall, Holm scores a takedown on Anderson and she gets the half guard. Holm transitions to the full mount against Anderson, Holm starts attacking Anderson with ground and pound. Holm stands up and she allows Anderson to get up as well, Holm goes for a high kick against Anderson. Holm also catches Anderson with some front kick to the midsection, Holm scores another takedown on Anderson and she gets the half guard. Holm gains side control while nailing Anderson with strikes, Holm then moves to the full mount against Anderson. Holm attacks Anderson with ground and pound, Holm goes for a guillotine choke as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Holm (Final Score: 30-27 for Holm)
Official Result: #1 (WBW) Holly Holm def. Megan Anderson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Following the fight, Holm said that she prefers to compete around 135 pounds, and has no plans to retire in mind.