UFC on ESPN 16 (UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana) took place Saturday, October 3rd from the Flash Forum arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Main Card (Live on ESPN, 10:30 PM EST)
-Holly Holm defeated Irene Aldana by Unanimous Decsion (50-44, 50-45, 50-45)
-Carlos Felipe defeated Yorgan De Castro by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Germaine de Randamie defeated Julianna Pena by Technical Submission (Guillotine choke, Round 3, 3:25)
-Kyler Phillips defeated Cameron Else by TKO (Punches, Round 2, 0:44)
-Dusko Todorovic defeated Dequan Townsend by TKO (Punches, Round 2, 3:15)
Preliminary Card (Live on ESPN+, 7:30 PM EST)
-Carlos Condit defeated Court McGee by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Charles Jourdain vs. Josh Culibao ruled a Split Draw (30-27, 28-29, 28-28)
-Nassourdine Imavov defeated Jordan Williams by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
-Loma Lookboonmee defeated Jihn Yu Frey vs. by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Casey Kenney defeated Heili Alateng by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
-Luigi Vendramini defeated Jessin Ayari by TKO (Head Kick & punches, Round 1, 1:12)
Without fans in attendance, the promotion does not have to worry about the local timing of the event, so the plan is to proceed with normal timing for prime time hours on the east coast of North America. The main card is scheduled to begin at 6:30 am (October 4) local time in Abu Dhabi, with a full preliminary card beginning at approximately 3:30 am Gulf Standard Time.
A women's bantamweight bout between former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and Irene Aldana is expected to serve as the event headliner. The pairing was originally scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan. However, it was reported on July 22 that Aldana pulled out of the fight due to testing positive for COVID-19. Holm was also removed from the card as well, with the pairing left intact and ultimately rescheduled for this event.
Ben Sosoli was briefly linked to a heavyweight bout with Yorgan de Castro. However, Sosoli pulled out of the fight in late July citing an eye surgery and was replaced by Carlos Felipe.