Multi-time boxing world champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm looks for her second UFC victory when she steps back into the Octagon on July 15th at UFC Fight Night 71: “Mir vs Duffee” in San Diego, California. Holm is set to battle rising star Marion “The Belizean Bruiser” Reneau.

UFC officials confirmed the bantamweight bout today following a report on UFC Tonight last week. Holm made a successful UFC debut in February when she edged out Raquel “Rocky” Pennington at UFC 184. Reneau most recently upset Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade at UFC Fight Night 61.

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More than two and a half years after they were first set to clash at Invicta FC 4, Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood and “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings will at last face off on July 18th at UFC Fight Night 72 in Calderwood’s hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. BT Sport announced the featured strawweight matchup today.

The planned 2013 bout between Calderwood and Rawlings was scrapped from Invicta FC 4 when injuries resulted in last-minute changes. Rawlings went on to challenge unsuccessfully for Invicta FC gold, while Calderwood defeated Livia “T-Rex” von Plettenberg. Both women are 1-1 in the UFC.

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Competing for the first time in close to two years, Kinberly Novaes earned a big win in front of her hometown fans on Sunday night at Noxii Combat 1 in Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Novaes defeated Renata “Wand” Baldan to become the inaugural Noxii Combat Women’s Strawweight Champion.

Elsewhere on the Noxii Combat 1 card, Caroline “Carol” Correia rebounded after suffering her first professional loss and edged out Daiana Torquato in an entertaining strawweight bout. Undefeated bantamweight Taila Santos made short work of an overmatched Ana “Furacão” Paula and moved to 9-0.

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Juliana “Ju Thai” de Lima Carneiro has received a new opponent for her upcoming strawweight bout on May 30th at UFC Fight Night 67: “Condit vs Alves” in Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil. Lima, who was originally scheduled to face Jessica Penne, now meets Jungle Fight champion Ericka Almeida.

Globo first reported on the targeted bout on Tuesday. Lima most recently picked up her first Octagon victory when she defeated Nina “The Strina” Ansaroff at UFC Fight Night 56. The undefeated Almeida has torn through the competition in Brazil and now makes her much-anticipated UFC debut.

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Sarah Moras

TUF 18 semi-finalist Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras steps back into the UFC Octagon on July 15th at UFC Fight Night 71: “Mir vs Duffee” in San Diego, California. Moras is set to face off against Brazilian contender Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade in a featured bantamweight matchup on the card.

UFC officials announced the fight on Tuesday. Moras has won back-to-back fights and she most recently eked out a Split Decision victory over Alexis “Sneaky Zebra” Dufresne at the TUF 19 Finale. Andrade recently had her three-fight winning streak snapped by a submission setback in February.

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After a shaky start to her UFC career, “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings picked up her first victory inside the Octagon tonight at UFC Fight Night 65: “Miocic vs Hunt” in Adelaide, Australia. Rawlings dominated and submitted veteran contender Lisa Ellis late in the first round of a featured strawweight bout.

Rawlings was not the only Australian strawweight to earn an impressive submission win on tonight’s card. In a second women’s bout, Alex “Astro Girl” Chambers rallied back from the brink of defeat and finished Hawaiian prospect Kailin Curran with a slick armbar midway through the third round.

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UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk is set to make the first defence of her title on June 20th at UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin, Germany. The undefeated Jędrzejczyk faces off against former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Jessica Penne in the 115-pound main event.

UFC officials announced the change today. UFC Fight Night 69 was initially slated to be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira, but Gustafsson withdrew due to an injury. Penne now steps in to challenge Jędrzejczyk for UFC title gold.

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