A woman’s bantamweight contest between former champion Holly Holm and fellow stand out striker Valentina Shevchenko is being targeted for the main event of UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago, Illinois.

The news was broke during Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.

Holm (10-1), also a former boxing world champion who amassed a record of 33-2-3 while holding both the IBA and WBF world titles, will be looking to right the ship after seeing Miesha Tate walk away with her title following a fifth round submission at UFC 196 in March.

Prior to this setback, “The Preacher’s Daughter” earned his title after slapping her shin across Ronda Rousey’s head early in second round of their UFC 193 title fight, turning the former champion’s lights out.

Shevchenko (12-2), a multiple time kickboxing and muy thai champion, will also be looking to get back into the win column after suffering a decision loss to current number one contender Amanda Nunes at UFC 196. Prior to his loss, “Bullet” earned  biggest win of her career in the form of a split decision in her UFC debut over former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman in December.

Also targeted for the card is a light heavyweight matchup between a pait of heavy-handed former title contenders in Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira as well as a lightweight contest between Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza.

Johnson (21-5) was last seen walking away with a violent first round knockout over Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 18 in January. Prior to this win, ‘Rumble’ laid waste to Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191 in September. This got “Rumble” back into the win column after suffering a third round submission loss at the hands reigning champion Daniel Cormier in their main event title fight at UFC 187.

Teixeira (24-4) is coming off a violent first round knockout over Johnson’s teammate and former champion Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 19 last month. This marked his third straight stoppage win after scoring dominant second round TKO over Patrick Cummins and  a third round submission of Ovince Saint Preux.

Melendez (22-4), a former Strikeforce and WEC champion, has not been seen inside the Octagon since suffering a close split decision loss to former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez in June 2015. He was expected to return against Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71 before a failed drug test forced him off the card. As a result ‘El Niño’ was handed a one year suspension

Prior to losing to Alvarez, fans saw Melendez suffer a second round submission loss to then champion Anthony Pettis in their title fight at UFC 181 in December. This loss marked the first time Melendez had been finished.

Barboza (17-4) is coming off the biggest win of his career in the former a unanimous decision over Pettis at UFC 197 last month. Prior to this win, ‘Junior’ suffered a second round submission loss to Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December.

The entire event is expected to go down at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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