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Report: Holly Holm first UFC fight possible against Milana Dudieva at UFC 181 on Dec. 6

The road to Ronda Rousey could begin, finally, in "Sin City" later this year. And the stage couldn't be any bigger for the promotion's high-profile women's free agent acquisition.

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It's time to show what you got.

Holly Holm's Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut is reportedly in the works, according to the latest episode of "UFC Tonight," as the former professional boxer is penciled in to collide with Milana Dudieva at UFC 181, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 6, 2014.

It's important to note that UFC has not yet confirmed the women's Bantamweight showdown for the blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event. Nonetheless, it's the first sniff about who could possibly welcome "The Preachers Daughter" to the Octagon after inking a deal with the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) this past July.

The negotiation process was intense; however, Team Holm eventually ironed out all of its differences with the Zuffa regime, which could seemingly no longer overlook her cache, as well seven straight victories on the regional MMA circuit (six of them via knockout).

And even though many believed she would get an instant title shot against women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, UFC President Dana White confirmed otherwise, saying that Holm needed at least one non-title fight win inside the Octagon before fighting for the belt.

Getting that all-important first "W' inside the eight-walled cage could come against Dudieva, a relatively unknown Russian import who recently made her very own successful promotional debut with a split decision victory over Elizabeth Phillips at UFC Fight Night 48 at Cotai Arena in Macau, China, two months ago.

Dudieva has six submission victories in 14 professional MMA bouts, making her potentially a tricky first opponent for the striking-minded Holm. But, it certainly isn't going to get any easier, so better to find out sooner than later how well she can defend submissions.

If it gets that far.

UFC 181 features a championship double header in the main- and co-main events, with UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks making his first 170-pound title defense against the man he defeated to win it, Robbie Lawler, while UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis does the same -- almost 18 months removed from capturing 155-pound gold -- against Gilbert Melendez.

To check out the latest UFC 181: "Hendricks vs. Lawler 2" fight card and rumors click here.

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