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Holly Holm


Holly Holm, sometimes known as The Preacher’s Daughter, is an American mixed martial artist, with

multiple awards and accolades under her belt. Although she is currently a competitor in the UFC,

Holly Holm has been a champion in boxing and kickboxing a well. She is the first combat athlete in

history to win world titles in both boxing and MMA.

Early Life

Born in New Mexico, Holm was into various sports like soccer, gymnastics, swimming and diving as a

kid. Her nickname, The Preacher’s Daughter, comes from the fact that her father was a preacher in

the Church of Christ. Aerobics classes at the age of 16 paved her path towards a career in combat

sports. Starting with amateur kickboxing, she took to boxing later and is regarded as one of the best

welterweight boxers of all time.

Holly Holm began her MMA career in 2011 against Christina Domke in a promotion. From 2013 to

mid-2014, Holm participated in Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship, and also quit

boxing while at it.

UFC Career

The most famous match of her life, which turned the UFC career of Holly Holm around, is the

Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Ronda Rousey, the reigning champion at that

moment. Despite being the obvious underdog, Holm kept the leash of the bout in her hand and won

it via TKO in the second round, thus breaking Rousey’s undefeated streak and three-year reign as a

champion. Holm locked horns with Miesha Tate in a tooth-and-nail match to defend the title, but

lost it via technical submission.

Holm had fought against Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural women’ featherweight

championship, but lost via a controversial unanimous decision. An appeal was made to NYSAC for

review, but it was denied due to lack of any clear violation. She kept on switching between

featherweight and bantamweight championships, challenging Cris Cyborg for the former and losing.

Current Status

Holly Holm holds a 12-4 win-loss record at of January 18, 2019 and she is expected to face Aspen

Ladd in a bantamweight bout in March at UFC 235.

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