Holly "The Preachers Daughter" Holm is a former UFC Women Bantamweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 14-wins and 5-losses. Holm is currently ranked #6 in the UFC Women's pound-for-pound rankings and #2 in the UFC Women's Bantamweight division. Holly is the first person to win championships in both MMA and boxing.
Holly Holm started her combat sports journey at 16 when her aerobic class coach began training her.
Holm started her amateur kickboxing career in 2001 and went on to have a record of 6-0-2 and won the International Rules Adult Women's Welterweight Division championship at the IKF USA National Amateur Championship Tournament.
Holly also had a professional Muay Thai record of 2-1.
Holm started her professional boxing career in 2002 and retired in 2013. During her decade-long career, Holm amassed a record of 33-2-3 and made 16 title defenses. She won the WBF, WBAN, WBC, WIBA, IBA, and IFBA championships before retiring in 2013 to focus on her MMA career.
Holly made her MMA debut in 2011 against Christina Domke at Fresquez Productions - Double Threat. She won the fight via TKO(legs) in the second round and then won her next fight against Jan Finney via KO(kick to the body) in the third round. Holm then joined Bellator in February 2013 and won her debut fight at Bellator 91 against Katie Merril via second-round TKO(punches). After this, she joined LFC(Legacy Fighting Championship) in July 2013. Holm went on a 2-fight win streak at LFC before getting a title shot at the inaugural Legacy FC Women's Bantamweight Championship against Juliana Werner. Holm KO'ed Werner in the fifth round to win the championship. She joined the UFC after this fight.
Holly Holm UFC
Holly Holmes made her UFC debut in 2015 against Raquel Pennington at UFC 184. Holm won the fight in a close split decision and then fought Marion Reneau and defeated her dominantly at UFC Fight Night 71- Mir vs. Duffee. After this victory, Holm got a title shot at the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship against Ronda Rousey.
Holm came in the fight as a heavy betting underdog. Despite this, she outclassed Rousey and knocked her out in the 2nd round to become the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Holm made her first title defense at UFC 196 against Miesha Tate. The fight was a classic striker versus grappler scenario as Holm dominated Tate on the feet but was significantly inferior in the grappling aspect. The fight ended in the fifth round when Tate locked in a rear-naked-choke resulting in Holm submitting and losing the championship.
Holly went on to fight Valentina Shevchenko in her next fight. Shevchenko outclassed Holm in all aspects of the fight and defeated her via unanimous decision to hand Holly her second defeat in a row.
After the 2-consecutive losses, Holm went up to Featherweight to fight Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural UFC Women's Featherweight Championship. Holm lost the controversial fight via unanimous decision as Randamie illegally punched Holly twice after the round ended and wasn't penalized for it.
Holm went back to Bantamweight after the loss to fight Bethe Correia. She defeated Bethe via head kick knockout in the third round to end her 3-fight losing streak. After the victory, Holm went back to Featherweight to challenge Cris Cyborg for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship. Holm lost the fight against Cyborg via unanimous decision.
Holm bounced back from the loss as she defeated Megan Anderson at UFC 225 to get a title shot against Amanda Nunes for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship at UFC 239. Nunes knocked out Holm in the first round to retain the championship.
Holly bounced back from the loss as she defeated Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 via unanimous decision and then defeated Irene Aldana at UFC on ESPN 16 via unanimous decision.
Holly Holm vs Ronda Rousey
Holly Holm fought Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship. Holm was considered an underdog in the fight despite both her and Ronda having an undefeated MMA record.
Holm kept the fight at long range as she dodged and landed combos on Rousey throughout the first round and even managed a successful takedown in the last minute of the round.
Holm continued outclassing Rousey on the feet in the second round and rocked her with a solid left hand followed by a front leg head kick to drop the champion. Holly finished Rousey with some hammer fists to become the new UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and extend her MMA record to 10-0.
Holly Holm vs Amanda Nunes
Holly Holm fought Amanda Nunes at UFC 239 for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship. Both fighters started slowly in the fight with, Holmes almost dropping Nunes in the first minute as she landed a clean strike on Nunes after Nunes tried to connect with an inside low leg.
Nunes' bounced back from this as both fighters exchanged strikes with Nunes landing a successful takedown on Holm in the 3rd minute, which Holm was able to get up from without suffering any damage. Nunes began outstriking Holm after the takedown and dropped Holm with a head kick followed by some grounded punches to end the fight.
Holly Holm Career Stats
Holly Holm's current record stands at 14-5. She is currently on a 2-fight win streak.
Wins by KO/TKO:
Wins by Submission:
Wins by Decision:
70 in (178 cm)
135 lb / 61 kg
Holly Holm Last Fight
Holly Holm's last fight was against Irene Aldana at UFC on ESPN 16: Holm vs. Aldana. Holly won the fight via unanimous decision.
Holly Holm Record
Below is the professional MMA record of Holly Holm: