Holly Holm (born October 17, 1981) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and also a former professional boxer and kickboxer. Holm was a multiple time world champion in boxing, defending her titles 18 times in three different weight classes, and a two-time “Ring” magazine fighter of the year in 2005 and 2006. She is also the first person in MMA to defeat former UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.
Holly Holm with her coach Mike Winkeljohn.
“I am so overwhelmed with emotion. It means so much. More than I can explain. I know it is the place to be…. the place everyone wants to be, so I just want to do well. I want to be a good thing not a big letdown. I want to perform. I want to excel. I want to accomplish. I don’t just want to be a participant.” Holm said after signing with MMA’s flagship promotion, the UFC.
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