Biography

5’8″ southpaw Holly Holm from Sandia Heights in Albuquerque, New Mexico was born on October 17 1981. The preacher’s daughter grew up in Bosque Farms and graduated from Manzano High School in 2000 and studied for a year at the University of New Mexico. She played soccer and tried gymnastics, swimming and diving before getting into boxing and kickboxing. Holly’s path to a boxing career began with aerobics. “I started aerobics to keep in shape, saw the (kickboxing) class, thought it looked pretty cool, so I thought I’d try it for one fight and see what it was like,” says Holm.

Her aerobics instructor was Mike Winkeljohn, who also taught kickboxing. Winklejohn soon saw Holm’s potential. “She’s got that instinct,” he says, “When she gets hit, she knows it’s time to come back. I wish I could bottle (what she has) and sell it.” “(Boxing) came easier to me than I thought it would,” says Holm. “When I first started, my punches seemed real clumsy, but Mr. Winkeljohn is a great instructor. He helped me with my technique, and he felt … he could work with me.” Holly won a national amateur championship in Kansas City, MO in the Fall of 2001, her last kickboxing appearance before her pro debut. Her overall amateur kickboxing record stood at 6-0-2.

She made her professional kickboxing debut on June 1, 2002 in an IKKC five-rounder against Valerie Anthonson of Grand Junction, Colorado at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, north of Albuquerque. Her pro boxing debut came on January 25, 2002 at the Isleta Casino and Resort south of Albuquerque. Holly weighed in at 141 lbs and won by a TKO over debut fighter Martha Orozco (141¾ lbs) of Denver, Colorado at 1:38 in the third.

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Holly Holm, TKO (Leg Kicks) Christina Domke.

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Holly Holm, KO (Kick to the Body) Jan Finny

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Holly Holm, TKO (Punches) Katie Merrill

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Holly Holm, KO (Head Kick) Allanna Jones

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Holly Holm, TKO (Kick to Body & Knees) Nikki Knudsen

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Holly Holm, Unanimous Decision – Angela Hayes.

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Holly Holm, TKO (Punches & Head Kicks) – Juliana Werner

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Holly Holm, Split Decision – Raquel Pennington. UFC 184

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Holly Holm, Unanimous Decision – Marlon Reneau. UFC Fight Night 71

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Holly Holm, KO 2 –Ronda Rousey. UFC 193

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Holly Holm VS Miesha Tate (Loss)

Awards

MMA Awards

MMA Awards

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion (current)

Legacy Fighting Championships

  • Legacy FC Women’s Bantamweight Championship (One time; first; current)

WMMA Press Association

  • 2013 Knockout of the Year vs. Allanna Jones on July 19

Bleacher Report

  • 2013 WMMA Knockout of the Year vs. Allanna Jones on July 19

ULTMMA.com

  • 2013 Prospect of the Year

Inside MMA

  • 2013 Rising Star of the Year Bazzie Award

HOV-MMA.com

  • 2013 Lady Violence Award
Boxing

Boxing

  • Inducted into The New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame (June 2013)

ESPN

  • 2008 ESPY Nominee Fighter of the Year

World Boxing Federation

  • WBF Female World Light Welterweight Championship (One time; Current)
  • WBF Female World Welterweight Championship (One time; Current)

Women Boxing Archive Network

  • WBAN World Welterweight Championship (One time; Current)
  • WBAN World Junior Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • WBAN World Junior Middleweight Championship (One time; First)
  • 2011 Fight of the Year vs. Anne Sophie Mathis on Dec 2
  • 2010 Fighter of the Year
  • 2009 Most Accomplished of the Year
  • 2008 Highest Achievements of the Year
  • 2007 Fighter of the Year
  • 2007 Most Improved Boxer of the Year
  • 2006 Most Improved Boxer of the Year
  • 2005 Hottest Rising Star of the Year
  • 2005 Upset of the Year vs. Christy Martin on September 16

World Boxing Council

  • WBC Female World Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • NABF Female Light Welterweight Championship (One time)

Global Boxing Union

  • GBU World Welterweight Championship (One time

Women’s International Boxing Association

  • WIBA Super World Light Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • WIBA World Welterweight Championship (One time)

International Female Boxers Association

  • IFBA World Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • IFBA World Light Middleweight Championship (One time)
  • 2006 Fighter of the Year

World Boxing Association

  • WBA Female World Welterweight Championship (One time; Current)

International Boxing Association

  • IBA Female World Welterweight Championship (Three times; Current)
  • IBA Female World Light Welterweight championship (Three times; First; Current)

The Ring

  • 2006 Female Fighter of the Year
  • 2005 Female Fighter of the Year

New Mexico Boxing

  • 2010 Fighter of the Year
  • 2009 Fighter of the Year
  • 2008 Fighter of the Year
  • 2007 Fighter of the Year
  • 2006 Fighter of the Year
  • 2005 Fighter of the Year
Kick Boxing

Kickboxing

International Kickboxing Federation

  • IKF/Ringside 2001 USA National Amateur International Rules Welterweight Championship

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