Holly Holm (born October 17, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight division. She is the current UFC Bantamweight Champion. Holm is also 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 was a two-time Ring magazine fighter of the year (2005, 2006).
Her most notable win in mixed martial arts (MMA) occurred at UFC 193, 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. The fight is considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports.
Holm is the first person to win championships in both boxing and mixed martial arts.She is the consensus #1 female bantamweight fighter in the world. Fight Matrix also lists her as the #1 pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, while Sherdog lists her at #2,and ESPN at #3. Holm is the only female fighter to be listed in Sports Illustrated‘s mixed gender pound-for-pound ranking at #10.[ UFC fighter and teammate Jon Jones has called Holm the greatest female athlete in the history of combat sports.Outside of MMA, she appears in the 2016 feature film Fight Valley
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.
Former boxer 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
Holm is one of several boxers photographed by artist Delilah Montoya and profiled in the publication Women Boxers: The New Warriors.Holm appears in the 2016 feature film Fight Valley.
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, 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.|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown||[show]|
|10 matches||10 wins||0 losses|
|Miesha Tate||UFC 196||000000002016-03-05-0000March 5, 2016||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defending the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||10–0||Ronda Rousey||KO (head kick and punches)||UFC 193||000000002015-11-15-0000November 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||000000002015-07-15-0000July 15, 2015||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Raquel Pennington||Decision (split)||UFC 184||000000002015-02-28-0000February 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||000000002014-04-04-0000April 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||000000002013-12-06-0000December 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||000000002013-10-11-0000October 11, 2013||2||1:18||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Allanna Jones||KO (head kick)||Legacy FC 21: Huerta vs. Hobar||000000002013-07-19-0000July 19, 2013||2||2:22||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–0||Katie Merrill||TKO (punches)||Bellator 91||000000002013-02-28-0000February 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||000000002011-09-09-0000September 9, 2011||3||2:49||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||1–0||Christina Domke||TKO (leg kicks)||Fresquez Productions: Double Threat||000000002011-03-04-0000March 4, 2011||2||3:58||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|2010||Knockout Sportsworld||Herself||Episode: “Throwing Bombs”
Holm has close relationships with her parents and brothers. Her father has never missed attending 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.
In 2012, she married Jeff Kirkpatrick, who is also from Albuquerque.