Holly Holm
The Preacher's Daughter


Not facing Pena
March 6, 2021
Holm won't face Julianna Pena in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on May 8 as previously scheduled, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The two women reportedly agreed to the bout a few weeks ago, but the matchup apparently never officially came together. Holm is coming off back-to-back unanimous decisions and last beat Irene Aldana in October, and it's unclear when she'll be back in the Octagon.
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Agrees to May fight
February 19, 2021
Holm has agreed to face Julianna Pena in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on May 8, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
Holm is coming off back-to-back wins via unanimous decision, most recently defeating Irene Aldana at UFC Fight Night in early October. She'll return against Pena, who defeated Sara McMann via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 257 in January and has now won two of her last three fights. Holm has a slight advantage in height, but the two fighters are even in reach.
Flawless performance on Fight Island
October 3, 2020
Holm defeated Irene Aldana via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Holm was on her bicycle for much of the first round, which helped her avoid big kicks from Aldana. She snuck in for multiple combinations while testing the range and showcased her wrestling late en route to winning Round 1. Holm was met with a good right hand early in the second, but continued to dominate the round in terms of volume. For every strike Aldana mustered, Holm was able to meet it with 3-4 punch combinations. Then Holly went to her grappling, as she took down Aldana in the middle of the cage with just under two minutes left. She allowed Aldana to get back to her feet, but continued to pour on the combinations. Holm went back to her grappling in Round 3, getting another takedown and moving to side control, where she hunted a kimura and did major damage to the body. Holm then passed to full mount and rained down strikes, but Aldana slipped away yet again. Holm went to the jab early in Round 4, and continued to circle and utilize the side kick to keep distance. She also recorded yet another takedown on her way to going up 4-0. Holm once again dominated in the fifth, continuing to rack up significant strikes and ultimately posting the best mark of her career. Along with the takedowns, it was an excellent score for those who rostered Holm in daily formats. Holm may turn 39 years old in a few weeks, but this type of dominant performance suggests she might still have another run in her.
New fight date set
August 16, 2020
Holm will now take on Irene Aldana (illness) in a bantamweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Oct. 3.
Holm and Aldana were initially scheduled to face off at the beginning of August, but the fight was called off after Aldana tested positive for COVID-19. However, the duo will still get to enter the cage against each other in early October. Holm has alternated wins and losses in her last six fights, while Aldana is coming off wins in five of her last six matches.
Fight with Aldana rescheduled
July 22, 2020
Holm's fight scheduled for Aug. 1 against Irene Aldana has been rescheduled for later in the year, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement that the main event for Aug. 1 will be pushed back to a later date after Aldana tested positive for COVID-19. A three-round matchup between Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan will be the new main event for the Aug. 1 card, and Holm's new fight date has yet to be determined.
Headlining vs. Aldana
June 8, 2020
Holm is scheduled to fight Irene Aldana in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on August 1, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Holm is coming off an uneventful win over Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision in January, but she's alternated wins and losses over her last six contests. She'll now be tasked with overcoming Aldana, who has won five of her own last six matches. Holm will secede one inch of height advantage upon entering the Octagon, but her reach extends beyond Aldana's by another single inch. While Holm wasn't necessarily competitive in her loss to Amanda Nunes back in July, she needs a win here to prove she's still among the division's elite and avoid indefinite gatekeeper status. Early oddsmakers list her as a slight betting underdog of roughly (+100).