Holly Holm
The Preacher's Daughter


Starched by Amanda Nunes
July 6, 2019
Holm came up short in her quest to regain the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Amanda Nunes via TKO (strikes) at 4:10 of Round 1 at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.
It felt inevitable. Holm used her footwork to keep things moderately interesting for a few minutes before Nunes blasted her with a head kick that turned her lights out. Holly ate a couple additional unnecessary shots before referee Marc Goddard put a halt to the action. Holm's long-term legacy is up for much debate. Yes, she held UFC gold and her victory over Ronda Rousey is one of the most memorable fights in the history of women's MMA, but her career record with the company is .500 (5-5), and she has had at least as many poor performances in the UFC as strong ones. Holm, who is set to turn 38 years of age in October, is highly unlikely to ever enter the title picture again, even with the level of name recognition she possesses.
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Eyes on bantamweight belt
March 28, 2019
Holm is scheduled to take on Amanda Nunes for the women's bantamweight title at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Holm is perfectly seasoned for the bright lights such as this, as the former bantamweight title holder has challenged for the featherweight strap as well since losing the 135-pound belt back in 2016. She bounced back from a loss to Cris Cyborg with a dominant victory over Megan Anderson at featherweight, and while recently linked to a fight with Aspen Ladd, those plans eventually fell through. She'll now draw a red-hot heavy hitter in Nunes, who most recently defeated Cyborg by first-round KO to become the latest two-division champion. It's a bit surprising to see this fight at 135 pounds with both recently having competed at 145, so the weight cut -- at least for Nunes -- is worth monitoring. Holm enters as likely the more diverse striker with a kickboxing background, and has used her movement to avoid getting knocked out even once during her time in the sport. Nunes will try to end that streak by picking up her third-straight finish. Both women measure up identically.
Fight with Aspen Ladd canceled
January 31, 2019
Holm's March 2 fight against Aspen Ladd has been scrapped from UFC 235.
UFC president Dana White announced Thursday that Holm's fight with Ladd was being canceled for undisclosed reasons and would be rescheduled for a later date. Holm won her last fight in June and underwent knee surgery in September. It's unclear if the surgery has anything to do with her fight with Ladd being postponed.
Set to face Aspen Ladd in Las Vegas
December 21, 2018
Holm will take on Aspen Ladd at UFC 235 in Las Vegas on March 2.
The 37-year-old Holm had lost four of her last five fights before beating Megan Anderson by unanimous decision at UFC 225 in June. She underwent surgery to repair an injured meniscus in September, though that procedure was only supposed to take four weeks to recover from. In Ladd, she'll be squaring off against a fighter 14 years her junior who has yet to lose in seven professional matches. There is some ambiguity surrounding whether or not the match has actually been finalized, according to Damon Martin of MMA Weekly, but the bout has been announced by the UFC itself.
Undergoes successful knee surgery
September 6, 2018
Holm underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday and is expected to need four weeks to make a full recovery, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Holm's procedure was to repair an injured meniscus and she'll now take roughly a month off to get back to full strength. According to the report, her plan is to return to action in the first quarter of 2019 and will be targeting a matchup against Amanda Nunes for the 135-pound belt. That falls in line with previous reports, so look for Holm to do everything she can to get back to full strength and start training for that potential battle. Holm owns a 12-4 career record and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Megan Anderson in June.
Eyeing 135-pound crown
June 17, 2018
Holm told Ariel Helwani on the final episode of The MMA Hour that she's hoping for an opportunity to regain her bantamweight title in the near future.
Holm has noticeably changed her body to move up to featherweight (145 pounds), where she's competed in each of her last two bouts. The added muscle to her frame has certainly been a positive, as she took current champion Cris Cyborg to the final bell in a five-round fight, and defeated Megan Anderson in dominant fashion. The Anderson bout was a perfect example of her added strength, as Holm was at a noticeable disadvantage in both height and reach, but looked to be at zero disadvantage in the clinch, and was able to record four takedowns in the fight. Many believe the next logical step for Holm would be another shot at Cyborg, but Holm, a natural bantamweight, sees things a little differently. She'll have a much tougher weight cut moving down to 135 pounds, and may even have to shed some of the muscle mass that's helped her of late, but that is the division where she previously held the title before losing it to Miesha Tate in 2016. Holm has yet to face gifted striker Amanda Nunes in her MMA career, and a matchup there would seemingly give her a better chance at gaining UFC gold once again, as opposed to a rematch with Cyborg. Nunes seemingly has more power in her hands than Holm, but Holm is a world champion kickboxer that has a reasonable chance to outpoint her over the course of a five-round fight, especially considering that there have been question marks surrounding the cardio of Nunes in the past.