Holly Holm

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Holly Holm
Holly holm 2016.png
Holm in 2016
Born Holly Rene Holm[1]
(1981-10-17) October 17, 1981 (age 35)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Other names The Preacher's Daughter
Residence Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[2]
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)[2]
Division Bantamweight (MMA)
Featherweight (MMA)
Light Welterweight (Boxing)
Welterweight (Boxing and Kickboxing)
Light Middleweight (Boxing)
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[2]
Style Boxing, Kickboxing
Fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Team Jackson Wink MMA Academy (2007 - present)
AKKA Karate USA (2000 - 2007)
Trainer Boxing, kickboxing: Mike Winkeljohn
Greg Jackson
Wrestling: Israel Martinez
Rank White belt in Wrestling
Years active Mixed martial arts: 2011 – present
Boxing: 2002 – 2013
Kickboxing: 2002 – 2003
Professional boxing record
Total 38
Wins 33
By knockout 9
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Draws 3
Kickboxing record
Total 3
Wins 2
By knockout 2
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 11
By knockout 8
By decision 3
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 2
Other information
University University of New Mexico
Notable school(s) Manzano High School
Website www.hollyholm.com
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Holly Rene Holm-Kirkpatrick (born Holly Rene Holm; October 17, 1981)[3] is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and a former professional boxer and kickboxer. She was a multiple-time world champion in boxing, defending her titles 18 times in three weight classes, and a two-time Ring magazine fighter of the year (2005, 2006).[4]

Holm's most notable win in mixed martial arts (MMA) occurred at UFC 193 (November 15, 2015), in front of a record-breaking crowd for a UFC event (56,214 people) in Melbourne, when she captured the bantamweight title and gave Ronda Rousey her first loss in the sport. Some publications have listed the fight as one of the biggest upsets in sports.[5][6][7]

Holm is the first person to win championships in both boxing and mixed martial arts.[8] As of December 30, 2016, she was ranked the #2 female bantamweight contender by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the #3 fighter by Sherdog.[9][10] She was also ranked the #3 pound-for-pound female fighter by Sherdog, while Fight Matrix lists her as #7.[11][12] UFC fighter and teammate Jon Jones has called her the greatest female athlete in the history of combat sports.[13] Outside of MMA, she appears in the 2016 feature film Fight Valley.[14]

Early life[edit]

Holly Holm was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in nearby Bosque Farms, the youngest of three children. Her father, Roger, is a Church of Christ preacher — as a fighter, Holly would later be nicknamed "The Preacher's Daughter" – and her mother, Tammy, is a massage therapist. Holm is of primarily Irish descent.[15][16]

Growing up, Holm played soccer and participated in gymnastics, swimming and diving. Her parents divorced shortly before she graduated from Manzano High School in 2000; after graduation, she studied for a year at the University of New Mexico.[17][18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Holm has close relationships with her parents and brothers. Her father has never missed any of her fights, and for years assisted in her corner during her boxing matches. She and her father are partners in a real estate company. Holm is a Christian and her faith background is in Churches of Christ.

In 2012, she married Jeff Kirkpatrick, who is also from Albuquerque.[18]

Amateur kickboxing career[edit]

Holm's path to a career in boxing and kickboxing began with aerobics classes. Her cardio-kickboxing instructor, Mike Winkeljohn, recognized Holm's potential as a fighter and began training her.

In September 2001, Holm won the championship title in the International Rules Adult Women's Welterweight Division at the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) USA National Amateur Championship Tournament, held in Kansas City, Missouri. She fought two bouts in the tournament. She won the first by technical knockout at 34 seconds in the first round. She won the second by unanimous decision.[20] This was Holm's last amateur competition. Her overall amateur kickboxing record is 6–0–2.

Professional boxing career[edit]

Holm has held several welterweight boxing titles,[21] been highly regarded as one of the best female welterweights in the world, and is considered among the best of all time, by some.[22][23] 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.[24]

On December 2, 2011, Holm took on knockout artist Anne Sophie Mathis of France for the vacant IBF female and WBAN welterweight titles. Holm was badly beaten by the stronger Mathis without the referee interfering, even going into the canvas without a count. She finally lost by knockout in the 7th round, which would be dubbed the upset of the year in women's boxing.[25] The two rematched on June 15, 2012, for Mathis's WBF female, IBF female, and WBAN welterweight titles. Holm took a unanimous decision win over Mathis, becoming the new champion and avenging her earlier KO loss.[26]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[27] Holm won the fight via TKO in the second round after her opponent was unable to continue due to leg kicks inflicted by Holm.[28]

Holm returned to MMA on September 9, 2011, at Fresquez Productions: Clash in the Cage against Strikeforce veteran Jan Finney.[29] She defeated Finney by TKO in the third round.[30][31]

Bellator MMA[edit]

On February 28, 2013, Holm made her Bellator MMA debut against Katie Merrill at Bellator 91 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.[32] Holm won the bout via TKO in the second round.[33][34]

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.[35] The message came as a punctuation in the negotiations to arrange a title-battle between Holm and the Norwegian champion Cecilia Brækhus.[36] Holm went on to defeat McGee via unanimous decision, for her boxing retirement bout.

Legacy Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 19, 2013, Holm faced Allanna Jones at Legacy Fighting Championship 21.[37] She won the fight by head-kick knockout in the second round.[38]

Holm was expected to face Erica Paes at Legacy Fighting Championship 24 on October 11, 2013.[39] 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.[40]

On December 6, 2013, Holm faced Angela Hayes at Fresquez Productions: Havoc.[41] 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 won the bout and title via TKO in the fifth round due to a head kick and punches.[42] Holm broke her left arm during the first round of the bout.[43]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 10, 2014, the media announced that Holm had signed a multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[44] Later in an interview with MMA Junkie, Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez disclosed that Holm's contract is for five fights.[45]

Holm was expected to make her debut at UFC 181 against Raquel Pennington. However, on November 13, Holm was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury.[46] The two fighters faced each other at UFC 184. Holm won the bout by split decision (29–28, 28–29, 30–27).

Holm faced Marion Reneau on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71.[47] Holm won the fight by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–26, 29–28).

Women's Bantamweight Championship[edit]

In her highest profile MMA fight to date, Holm faced defending women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey before a record-setting crowd in the main event of UFC 193 on November 14, 2015. Despite being a massive betting underdog, Holm controlled a majority of the bout with her superior striking and defended all of Rousey's takedowns. The second fighter to take Rousey past the first round (after Miesha Tate), she won the fight via knockout in the second with a high kick, ending Rousey's undefeated streak and three-year reign as champion.[48]

Holm was also awarded her first "Fight of the Night" and "Performance of the Night" bonus awards (totalling $100,000).[49] By winning the title, she became the first person to win championships in both boxing and MMA.[8] Following the bout, UFC fighter Jon Jones[50][51] said he thought Holm was "already the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) of women's combat sports".[13] Her hometown, Albuquerque, New Mexico, proclaimed November "Holly Holm Month".[52][53]

In her first title defense, Holm lost to Miesha Tate in the fifth round on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. After four rounds of back-and-forth fighting, Tate defeated Holm in the fifth with a rear-naked choke. Holm was strong in the first round of the fight standing up, but was less effective grappling with Tate on the mat. After Tate took Holm down in the second round, Holm almost submitted to a rear-naked choke, but wriggled out just before the bell. In the fifth round, Tate scored another takedown and locked in another rear-naked choke. Holm refused to submit, was rendered unconscious, and the referee declared a technical submission.[54][55]

Holm faced Valentina Shevchenko on July 23, 2016, at UFC on Fox 20. She lost the bout via unanimous decision.[56]

Women's Featherweight Championship[edit]

Holm faced Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 for the inaugural women's featherweight championship on February 11, 2017. She lost the fight via controversial unanimous decision. At the end of the second and third rounds, de Randamie continued to throw punches after the horn had sounded and the referee stepped in, the first of which was a right hand that visibly wobbled Holm, who had already stopped fighting. The referee did not take a point on either occasion, which crucially affected the result of the fight.[57] 14 of 23 media outlets and a majority of mma fans still scored the fight in favor of Holm.[58] Holm said post-fight she believed both instances to be intentional.[59] She appealed to the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to review the referee's decisions and determine an "appropriate result".[60] On February 28, the NYSAC denied the appeal, finding "no clear error or violation of statute or rule".[61]

Returning to Bantamweight[edit]

Holm returned to bantamweight division after losing the featherweight title bout. Holm faced Bethe Correia at at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia on June 17, 2017 in Singapore.[62] She won the fight via knockout in the third round via a head kick that dropped Correia and then a punch.[63] The win earned Holm her second Performance of the Night bonus award.[64]

Fighting style[edit]

Holm employs frequent lateral movement while working stiff jabs to an opponent's head.[65][66] When standing within the pocket, she often waits to attack with counter-strikes, usually employing a straight left hand.[66] Holm is also known for her punching combinations, typically done while her opponents are against the cage.[67]

Decorated boxer and ONE Championship fighter Ana Julaton has described Holm as a "natural mover", noting her footwork as an asset in setting up strikes.[68] At UFC 193, Ronda Rousey took several blows while struggling to close the distance against Holm.[69] Holm uses a variety of kicking techniques, often targeting the body with a fast side kick, pushing back a rush with a low oblique kick, and attacking the head with a left high kick.[65][70]

In popular culture[edit]

Holm is one of several boxers photographed by artist Delilah Montoya and profiled in the publication Women Boxers: The New Warriors.[71] She appears in the 2016 feature film Fight Valley.[14]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

First combatant, male or female, to win world titles in both boxing and mixed martial arts.

Professional boxing record[edit]

33 Wins (9 knockouts, 23 decisions), 2 Losses (2 knockouts, 0 decisions), 3 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 33–2–3 United States Mary McGee UD 10 2013-05-11 New Mexico Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico Defended IBA Female & WBF Female Light Welterweight titles.
Win 32–2–3 Australia Diana Prazak UD 10 2012-12-07 New Mexico Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico Won vacant IBA Female & vacant WBF Female Light Welterweight titles.
Win 31–2–3 France Anne Sophie Mathis UD 10 2012-06-15 New Mexico Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico Won WBF Female, IBA Female, & WBAN Welterweight titles; Female Fight of the Year (2012).
Loss 30–2–3 France Anne Sophie Mathis KO 7 (10), 1:38 2011-12-02 New Mexico Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico For vacant IBA Female & WBAN Welterweight titles; Female Fight of the Year (2011).
Win 30–1–3 United States Victoria Cisneros UD 10 2011-06-10 New Mexico Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 29–1–3 United States Ann Saccurato TKO 8 (10), 0:51 2010-12-03 New Mexico Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title; Won WBAN Junior Welterweight title.
Win 28–1–3 Canada Jaime Clampitt TKO 1 (10), 1:53 2010-08-06 New Mexico Hard Rock, Albuquerque, New Mexico Won vacant IBA Female Light Welterweight title.
Win 27–1–3 United States Chevelle Hallback UD 10 2010-03-26 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Won vacant WIBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 26–1–3 United States Victoria Cisneros UD 10 2009-12-04 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Won vacant NABF Female Light Welterweight title.
Win 25–1–3 United States Terri Blair UD 10 2009-08-28 New Mexico New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico Retained WIBA Welterweight title.
Win 24–1–3 Brazil Duda Yankovich TKO 4 (10), 0:32 2009-06-05 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained WIBA Welterweight title.
Win 23–1–3 France Myriam Lamare UD 10 2009-01-23 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained WIBA Welterweight title.
Draw 22–1–3 United States Mary Jo Sanders MD 10 2008-10-17 Michigan The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan For vacant IBA Female Light Middleweight title.
Win 22–1–2 United States Mary Jo Sanders UD 10 2008-06-13 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained IFBA Light Middleweight title; Won inaugural WBAN Junior Middleweight title.
Win 21–1–2 Puerto Rico Belinda Laracuente UD 10 2008-02-07 California Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California Retained IFBA Welterweight title.
Win 20–1–2 United States Miriam Brakache TKO 7 (10), 1:40 2008-01-11 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained WBC Female & IFBA Welterweight titles.
Win 19–1–2 United States Angelica Martinez UD 10 2007-09-21 New Mexico Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, New Mexico Won vacant IBA Female Welterweight title.
Win 18–1–2 United States Chevelle Hallback UD 10 2007-05-23 New Mexico Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 17–1–2 United States Ann Saccurato UD 10 2007-03-22 New Mexico 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 United States Tricia Turton UD 10 2006-12-01 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Won vacant IFBA Light Middleweight title.
Win 15–1–2 England Jane Couch UD 10 2006-09-23 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title.
Win 14–1–2 United States Angelica Martinez UD 10 2006-06-10 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Won inaugural WBA Female Welterweight title.
Win 13–1–2 United States Shadina Pennybaker TKO 7 (10), 0:57 2006-02-24 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title.
Win 12–1–2 United States Mia St. John UD 10 2005-12-08 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title.
Win 11–1–2 United States Christy Martin UD 10 2005-09-16 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 10–1–2 United States Lisa Lewis TKO 8 (10), 3:00 2005-06-24 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained IBA Female Light Welterweight title.
Win 9–1–2 United States Gloria Ramirez UD 4 2005-04-15 New Mexico Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 8–1–2 United States Terri Blair UD 10 2004-12-10 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Won inaugural IBA Female Light Welterweight title.
Loss 7–1–2 Italy Rita Turrisi TKO 4 (6) 2004-06-27 New Mexico 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 United States Angelica Martinez MD 6 2004-05-15 Colorado Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio, Colorado
Win 7–0–1 United States Janae Archuleta TKO 1 (6) 2004-04-10 New Mexico Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 6–0–1 United States Angelica Martinez UD 6 2003-12-12 New Mexico Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Draw 5–0–1 United States Stephanie Jaramillo PTS 6 2003-10-03 New Mexico Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 5–0 United States Stephanie Jaramillo MD 4 2003-08-26 New Mexico Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 4–0 United States Bonnie Mann UD 4 2002-09-06 New Mexico Santa Ana Star Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 3–0 United States Martha Deitchman UD 4 2002-08-17 New Mexico Santa Ana Star Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 2–0 United States Terrie Carrillo TKO 1 (4), 2:36 2002-06-21 New Mexico Sky City Casino, Acoma, New Mexico
Win 1–0 United States Martha Deitchman TKO 3 (4) 2002-01-25 New Mexico Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Holm's professional debut.

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–3 Bethe Correia KO (head kick and punch) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 3 1:09 Kallang, Singapore Return to Bantamweight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 10–3 Germaine de Randamie Decision (unanimous) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 5 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States Featherweight debut. For the inaugural UFC Women's Featherweight Championship.
Loss 10–2 Valentina Shevchenko Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 5 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 10–1 Miesha Tate Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 5 3:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Ronda Rousey KO (head kick and punches) UFC 193 November 15, 2015 2 0:59 Melbourne, Australia Won the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship. Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.
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 KO (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[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Knockout Sportsworld Herself Episode: "Throwing Bombs"
Archive footage

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Fight Valley Payton Walsh

See also[edit]

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Preceded by
Ronda Rousey
2nd UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion
November 15, 2015 – March 5, 2016
Succeeded by
Miesha Tate