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Holly Holm (born October 17, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight division. Holm is also a former professional boxer and kickboxer. During her boxing career, she defended her titles 18 times in three weight classes. She is currently ranked #7 in the bantamweight division by the UFC.

Biography

Holly Holm was born on October 17, 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Holm grew up in Bosque Farms, New Mexico, and graduated from Manzano High School in 2000, then studied for a year at the University of New Mexico. She played soccer and tried gymnastics, swimming and diving before getting into boxing and kickboxing. Holly’s path to a boxing career began with aerobics.

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Her aerobics instructor was Mike Winkeljohn, who also taught kickboxing. Winklejohn soon saw Holm’s potential. In Kansas City, MO in the Fall of 2001, Holly competed in the International Kickboxing Federation and Ringside’sual amateur kickboxing USA national championship tournament. Holly defeated Chrisanne Roseleip by unanimous decision in the final round of the tournament, winning the national title in the international rules adult women’s welterweight division, which would mark her last kickboxing appearance before her pro debut. Her overall amateur kickboxing record stood at 6-0-2.

She made her professional kickboxing debut on June 1, 2002 in an IKKC five-rounder against Valerie Anthonson of Grand Junction, Colorado at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, north of Albuquerque. Her pro boxing debut came on January 25, 2002 at the Isleta Casino and Resort south of Albuquerque.

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Professional boxing career

She has held several welterweight titles and was regarded by some as one of the best female welterweight in the world and among the best of all time. She also has been named Ring Magazine female Fighter of the Year, twice in consecutive years in 2005 and 2006. She is a big draw in her home town of Albuquerque, having all but 3 of her fights there and just one of her fights outside of her home state of New Mexico.

In June 2008 she became the undisputed welterweight champion and holder of belts from 140 to 154 by defeating former champ Mary Jo Sanders by decision. They fought a rematch on October 17, 2008, at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit, which ended in a draw.

On December 2, 2011, Holly took on knockout artist Anne Sophie Mathis of France for the vacant IBF female and WBAN welterweight titles. Holly was eventually badly beaten up by the stronger Mathis without the referee interfering, even going into the canvas without a count, and finally lost by knockout in the 7th round, which would be dubbed as the upset of the year in women’s boxing. The two rematched on June 15, 2012 for Mathis’s WBF female, IBF female, and WBAN welterweight titles. Holly took a unanimous decision win over Mathis, becoming the new champion and avenging her brutal KO loss.

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Ronda Rousey UFC 193 November 14, 2015 Melbourne, Australia For the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Win 9–0 Marion Reneau Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee July 15, 2015 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 8–0 Raquel Pennington Decision (split) UFC 184 February 28, 2015 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 7–0 Juliana Werner TKO (head kick and punches) Legacy FC 30: Holm vs. Werner April 4, 2014 5 1:50 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Won the inaugural Legacy FC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Angela Hayes Decision (unanimous) Fresquez Productions: Havoc December 6, 2013 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 5–0 Nikki Knudsen TKO (body kick and knees) Legacy FC 24: Feist vs. Ferreira October 11, 2013 2 1:18 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Allanna Jones KO (head kick) Legacy FC 21: Huerta vs. Hobar July 19, 2013 2 2:22 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Katie Merrill TKO (punches) Bellator 91 February 28, 2013 2 3:02 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 2–0 Jan Finney TKO (body kick) Fresquez Productions: Clash in the Cage September 9, 2011 3 2:49 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 1–0 Christina Domke TKO (leg kicks) Fresquez Productions: Double Threat March 4, 2011 2 3:58 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Knockout Sportsworld Herself Episode: “Throwing Bombs”
Archive footage
Feb 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Raquel Pennington (red gloves) and Holly Holm (blue gloves) during their Women's Bantamweight bout at UFC 184 at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Raquel Pennington (red gloves) and Holly Holm (blue gloves) during their Women’s Bantamweight bout at UFC 184 at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Professional boxer Holly Holm arrives at the 2008 ESPYs Giant Event hosted by Giants quarterback Eli Manning and held at the J Bar and Lounge on July 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 15: Professional boxer Holly Holm arrives at the 2008 ESPYs Giant Event hosted by Giants quarterback Eli Manning and held at the J Bar and Lounge on July 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Feb 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Raquel Pennington (red gloves) and Holly Holm (blue gloves) during their Women's Bantamweight bout at UFC 184 at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Raquel Pennington (red gloves) and Holly Holm (blue gloves) during their Women’s Bantamweight bout at UFC 184 at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - OCTOBER 9: Holly Holm poses for portrait on October 9, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Wilson Fox/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – OCTOBER 9: Holly Holm poses for portrait on October 9, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Wilson Fox/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 

 

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