Holly Holm to fight former Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson at UFC 225


Holly Holm kicks Cris Cyborg during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

Holly Holm is set to welcome former Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson to the UFC.

Holm and Anderson have been added to the UFC 225 card set for June 9 at the United Center in Chicago, the organization announced Thursday.

The bout will take place in the women’s 145-pound division with the winner in the running to face champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino at a later date.

Holm (11–4) is a former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. After competing in the 135-pound division for the first 12 professional MMA bouts of her career, Holm has fought at featherweight in two of her previous three fights. She lost a controversial decision to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 in February 2017 in her featherweight debut before going back down to 135 to pick up a knockout win over Bethe Correia. In her most recent fight, Holm lost a unanimous decision to Cyborg at UFC 219 on Dec. 30.

Anderson (8-2) was originally slated to make her promotional debut at UFC 214 this past July but withdrew from the event for personal reasons. The 28-year-old Australian hasn’t fought since January 2017 when she TKO’d Charmaine Tweet to win the Invicta FC featherweight title, which she has since vacated.

UFC 225 is shaping up to be a strong card. Here’s a look at all the announced and reported bouts expected to go down.

— Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
— Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington
— Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes
— Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson
— CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson
— Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
— Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza
— Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa
— Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
— Rashad Coulter vs. Allen Crowder
— Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige
— Ricardo Lamas vs. Mirsad Bektic

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.