Holly Holm is a former UFC Bantamweight Division champion and is currently ranked number 2 in the promotion’s rankings. Her amazing mixed martial arts record is complemented by her multiple championship titles in boxing. In fact, she defended many of her titles 18 times in 3 different weight classes, which ultimately made her a 2-time Fighter of the Year of Ring magazine.
Nicknamed “The Preacher’s Daughter”, this American MMA fighter was born on October 17, 1981 in festive Albuquerque in New Mexico and grew up in charming Bosque Farms. She is the youngest of three children of a preacher and a massage therapist. While growing up, she participated in diving, swimming, and gymnastics events. She studied in Manzano High School and attended the University of New Mexico for a year.
What shot Holly Holm into fame was her grand win at UFC 193 where she defeated the undefeated and talented Ronda Rousey. Her win brought her the bantamweight championship title. Before this historic fight, Holm was known for her several achievements in both mixed martial arts and boxing. In fact, she is the first person to win championships in both sports. She is also the lone female fighter listed in the Sports Illustrated mixed gender rankings.
In addition to her world titles in kickboxing and boxing, she also boasts of a long line of accomplishments in mixed martial arts. Her boxing record includes 38 fights with 33 wins and 2 losses and 3 draws. Her kickboxing record on the other hand includes a total of 3 fights with 2 wins and 1 loss. In terms of her mixed martial arts record, Holm boasts a total of 16 fights with 12 wins and 4 losses.