Holm in 2016
|Born||Holly Rene Holm
October 17, 1981
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
|Other names||The Preacher's Daughter|
|Residence||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg)|
Light Welterweight (Boxing)
Welterweight (Boxing and Kickboxing)
Light Middleweight (Boxing)
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|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
Wrestling: Israel Martinez
|Rank||White belt in Wrestling|
|Years active||Mixed martial arts: 2011 – present
Boxing: 2002 – 2013
Kickboxing: 2002 – 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 Rene Holm-Kirkpatrick (born Holly Rene Holm; October 17, 1981) 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).
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.
Holm is the first person to win championships in both boxing and mixed martial arts. As of December 30, 2016, she was ranked the #2 female bantamweight contender by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the #3 fighter by Sherdog. She was also ranked the #3 pound-for-pound female fighter by Sherdog, while Fight Matrix lists her as #7. UFC fighter and teammate Jon Jones has called her the greatest female athlete in the history of combat sports. Outside of MMA, she appears in the 2016 feature film Fight Valley.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Amateur kickboxing career
- 4 Professional boxing career
- 5 Mixed martial arts career
- 6 Fighting style
- 7 In popular culture
- 8 Championships and accomplishments
- 9 Professional boxing record
- 10 Kickboxing record
- 11 Mixed martial arts record
- 12 Filmography
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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.
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.
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.
Amateur kickboxing career
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. This was Holm's last amateur competition. Her overall amateur kickboxing record is 6–0–2.
Professional boxing career
Holm has held several welterweight boxing titles, been highly regarded as one of the best female welterweights in the world, and is considered among the best of all time, by some. 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, 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. 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.
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.
Legacy Fighting Championship
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 won the bout and title via TKO in the fifth round due to a head kick and punches. Holm broke her left arm during the first round of the bout.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On July 10, 2014, the media announced that Holm had signed a multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Later in an interview with MMA Junkie, Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez disclosed that Holm's contract is for five fights.
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. The two fighters faced each other at UFC 184. Holm won the bout by split decision (29–28, 28–29, 30–27).
Women's Bantamweight Championship
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.
Holm was also awarded her first "Fight of the Night" and "Performance of the Night" bonus awards (totalling $100,000). By winning the title, she became the first person to win championships in both boxing and MMA. Following the bout, UFC fighter Jon Jones said he thought Holm was "already the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) of women's combat sports". Her hometown, Albuquerque, New Mexico, proclaimed November "Holly Holm Month".
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.
Women's Featherweight Championship
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. 14 of 23 media outlets and a majority of mma fans still scored the fight in favor of Holm. Holm said post-fight she believed both instances to be intentional. She appealed to the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to review the referee's decisions and determine an "appropriate result". On February 28, the NYSAC denied the appeal, finding "no clear error or violation of statute or rule".
Returning to Bantamweight
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. She won the fight via knockout in the third round via a head kick that dropped Correia and then a punch. The win earned Holm her second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Holm employs frequent lateral movement while working stiff jabs to an opponent's head. When standing within the pocket, she often waits to attack with counter-strikes, usually employing a straight left hand. Holm is also known for her punching combinations, typically done while her opponents are against the cage.
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. At UFC 193, Ronda Rousey took several blows while struggling to close the distance against Holm. 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.
In popular culture
Championships and accomplishments
First combatant, male or female, to win world titles in both boxing and mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts
Professional boxing record
|33 Wins (9 knockouts, 23 decisions), 2 Losses (2 knockouts, 0 decisions), 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; Female Fight of the Year (2012).|
|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; Female Fight of the Year (2011).|
|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 Wins (2 knockouts, 0 decisions), 1 Loss (1 knockout, 0 decisions), 0 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||11 wins||3 losses|
|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|
|2010||Knockout Sportsworld||Herself||Episode: "Throwing Bombs"
|2015||Fight Valley||Payton Walsh|
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|2nd UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion
November 15, 2015 – March 5, 2016