October 17, 1981
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
The Preacher's Daughter
|Residence||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
Welterweight (Boxing & Kickboxing)
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Team||Jackson's-Winkeljohn's Mixed Martial Arts (2007 - present)
AKKA Karate USA (2000 - 2007)
|Trainer||Boxing, Kickboxing: Mike Winkeljohn
Jiu-Jitsu: Ricky Lundell
Wrestling: Israel Martinez
|Years active||Mixed Martial Arts: 2011 - present
Boxing: 2002 - 2013
Kickboxing: 2001 - 2003
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of New Mexico|
|Notable school(s)||Manzano High School|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Holly Holm (born October 17, 1981) is a mixed martial artist, and former boxer and kickboxer. Holm is an 18-time world champion boxer in three separate weight classes. She currently competes in MMA for Legacy Fighting Championships, where she is the current Women's Bantamweight Champion.
5'8" southpaw Holly Holm from Sandia Heights in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was born on October 17, 1981. 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. "I started aerobics to keep in shape, saw the (kickboxing) class, thought it looked pretty cool, so I thought I'd try it for one fight and see what it was like," says Holm.
Her aerobics instructor was Mike Winkeljohn, who also taught kickboxing. Winklejohn soon saw Holm's potential. "She's got that instinct," he says, "When she gets hit, she knows it's time to come back. I wish I could bottle (what she has) and sell it." "(Boxing) came easier to me than I thought it would," says Holm. "When I first started, my punches seemed real clumsy, but Mr. Winkeljohn is a great instructor. He helped me with my technique, and he felt ... he could work with me." In Kansas City, MO in the Fall of 2001, Holly competed in the International Kickboxing Federation and Ringside's annual 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.
Professional boxing career
She has held several welterweight titles and was by some regarded 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 career
Holm made her mixed martial arts debut on March 4, 2011 against Christina Domke at an event promoted by her boxing promoter Lenny Fresquez. She co-headlined the card with Jackson's Submission Fighting teammate Keith Jardine. Holm won the fight via TKO in the second round after her opponent was unable to continue due to leg kicks inflicted by Holm.
Holm announced that she would retire from boxing after her May 11, 2013 boxing match against Mary McGee so that she can fully concentrate on her MMA career. The message came as a punctuation in the negotiations to arrange a title-battle between Holm and the Norwegian champion Cecilia Brækhus. Holm went on to defeat McGee via unanimous decision, for her boxing retirement bout.
Holm was expected to face Erica Paes at Legacy Fighting Championship 24 on October 11, 2013. However, Paes was removed from the card and Holm instead faced Nikki Knudsen. Holm won the fight via TKO due to a body kick and knees in round two.
On December 6, 2013, Holm faced Angela Hayes at Fresquez Productions: Havoc. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
On April 4, 2014, Holm faced Juliana Werner for the inaugural Legacy FC Women's Bantamweight Championship. She broke her arm in the first round yet still went on to win the bout and title via TKO in the fifth round due to a head kick and punches.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Boxing Federation
- Women Boxing Archive Network
- WBAN World Welterweight Championship (One time)
- WBAN World Junior Welterweight Championship (One time)
- WBAN World Junior Middleweight Championship (One time; First)
- 2012 Biggest Comeback of the Year
- 2011 Fight of the Year vs. Anne Sophie Mathis on December 2
- 2010 Fighter of the Year
- 2009 Most Accomplished of the Year
- 2008 Highest Achievements of the Year
- 2007 Fighter of the Year
- 2007 Most Improved Boxer of the Year
- 2006 Most Improved Boxer of the Year
- 2005 Hottest Rising Star of the Year
- 2005 Upset of the Year vs. Christy Martin on September 16
- World Boxing Council
- Global Boxing Union
- GBU World Welterweight Championship (One time)
- Women's International Boxing Association
- International Female Boxers Association
- International Boxing Association
- 2012 Female Comeback Fighter of the Year
- New Mexico Boxing
- Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame
- 2005 Female Athlete of the Year
- International Kickboxing Federation
Mixed Martial Arts
- Legacy Fighting Championships
- Legacy FC Women's Bantamweight Championship (One time; first; current)
- WMMA Press Association
- 2013 Knockout of the Year vs. Allanna Jones on July 19
- 2013 WMMA Knockout of the Year vs. Allanna Jones on July 19
- 2013 WMMA Knockout of the Year vs. Allanna Jones on July 19
- 2013 Prospect of the Year
- 2013 Lady Violence Award
Professional boxing record
|33 Wins (9 knockouts, 23 decisions), 2 Losses, 3 Draws|
|Win||33-2-3||Mary McGee||UD||10||2013-05-11||Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Defended IBA Female & WBF Female Light Welterweight titles.|
|Win||32-2-3||Diana Prazak||UD||10||2012-12-07||Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Won vacant IBA Female & vacant WBF Female Light Welterweight titles.|
|Win||31-2-3||Anne Sophie Mathis||UD||10||2012-06-15||Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Won WBF Female, IBA Female, & WBAN Welterweight titles.|
|Loss||30-2-3||Anne Sophie Mathis||KO||7 (10), 1:38||2011-12-02||Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico||For vacant IBA Female & WBAN Welterweight titles.|
|Win||30-1-3||Victoria Cisneros||UD||10||2011-06-10||Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||29-1-3||Ann Saccurato||TKO||8 (10), 0:51||2010-12-03||Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title; Won WBAN Junior Welterweight title.|
|Win||28-1-3||Jaime Clampitt||TKO||1 (10), 1:53||2010-08-06||Hard Rock, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Won vacant IBA Female Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||27-1-3||Chevelle Hallback||UD||10||2010-03-26||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Won vacant WIBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||26-1-3||Victoria Cisneros||UD||10||2009-12-04||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Won vacant NABF Female Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||25-1-3||Terri Blair||UD||10||2009-08-28||New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico||Retained WIBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||24-1-3||Duda Yankovich||TKO||4 (10), 0:32||2009-06-05||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained WIBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||23-1-3||Myriam Lamare||UD||10||2009-01-23||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained WIBA Welterweight title.|
|Draw||22-1-3||Mary Jo Sanders||MD||10||2008-10-17||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan||For vacant IBA Female Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||22-1-2||Mary Jo Sanders||UD||10||2008-06-13||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained IFBA Light Middleweight title; Won inaugural WBAN Junior Middleweight title.|
|Win||21-1-2||Belinda Laracuente||UD||10||2008-02-07||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California||Retained IFBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||20-1-2||Miriam Brakache||TKO||7 (10), 1:40||2008-01-11||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained WBC Female & IFBA Welterweight titles.|
|Win||19-1-2||Angelica Martinez||UD||10||2007-09-21||Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, New Mexico||Won vacant IBA Female Welterweight title.|
|Win||18-1-2||Chevelle Hallback||UD||10||2007-05-23||Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||17-1-2||Ann Saccurato||UD||10||2007-03-22||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained WBA Female Welterweight title; Won vacant WBC Female, GBU Female, IBA Female, WIBA, & IFBA Welterweight titles.|
|Win||16-1-2||Tricia Turton||UD||10||2006-12-01||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Won vacant IFBA Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||15-1-2||Jane Couch||UD||10||2006-09-23||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||14-1-2||Angelica Martinez||UD||10||2006-06-10||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Won inaugural WBA Female Welterweight title.|
|Win||13-1-2||Shadina Pennybaker||TKO||7 (10), 0:57||2006-02-24||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||12-1-2||Mia St. John||UD||10||2005-12-08||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||11-1-2||Christy Martin||UD||10||2005-09-16||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||10-1-2||Lisa Lewis||TKO||8 (10), 3:00||2005-06-24||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||9-1-2||Gloria Ramirez||UD||4||2005-04-15||Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||8-1-2||Terri Blair||UD||10||2004-12-10||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Won inaugural IBA Female Light Welterweight title.|
|Loss||7-1-2||Rita Turrisi||TKO||4 (6)||2004-06-27||Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Corner threw in the towel after the 4th round due to a deep cut under Holm's eye.|
|Draw||7-0-2||Angelica Martinez||MD||6||2004-05-15||Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio, Colorado|
|Win||7-0-1||Janae Archuleta||TKO||1 (6)||2004-04-10||Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||6-0-1||Angelica Martinez||UD||6||2003-12-12||Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Draw||5-0-1||Stephanie Jaramillo||PTS||6||2003-10-03||Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||5-0||Stephanie Jaramillo||MD||4||2003-08-26||Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||4-0||Bonnie Mann||UD||4||2002-09-06||Santa Ana Star Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||3-0||Martha Deitchman||UD||4||2002-08-17||Santa Ana Star Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||2-0||Terrie Carrillo||TKO||1 (4), 2:36||2002-06-21||Sky City Casino, Acoma, New Mexico|
|Win||1-0||Martha Deitchman||TKO||3 (4)||2002-01-25||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico||Holm's professional debut.|
2 Win (2 (T)KO, 0 decisions), 1 Loss, 0 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|7 matches||7 wins||0 losses|
|Win||7-0||Juliana Werner||TKO (head kick & punches)||Legacy FC 30: Holm vs. Werner||April 4, 2014||5||1:50||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Won 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 & 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||KO (kick to the body)||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|
|2010||Knockout Sportsworld||Herself||Season 1, Episode 44: "Throwing Bombs"
Archive footage of Holly's 2002 kickboxing bout vs. Valerie Anthonson
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