Casual MMA fans might have been shocked to see Rhonda Rousey suffer her first loss on November 14th at UFC 193, but if you look at the new UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm’s record, the win should come as no surprise. Throughout her career, from kickboxing to boxing and now MMA, Holm has proven herself to be a dangerous competitor. With the victory over Rousey, Holm is now the only athlete, male or female, to ever hold titles in both boxing and martial arts.
She began her career as an amateur kickboxer after an instructor saw her potential and began training her. At the age of 20, Holm won the IKF USA National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. Holly Holm’s record as an amateur kickboxer was an impressive 6 wins, no losses and 2 draws.
Holm’s boxing career was even more distinguished. In addition to capturing a number of welterweight titles, including the WBF World Light Welterweight and Welterweight crowns and the WBAN World Welterweight, Junior Welterweight and Junior Middleweight titles, Holm was also named Ring Magazine’s Female Fighter of the Year in 2005 and 2006. She became the undisputed welterweight champion in 2008 when she defeated Mary Jo Sanders. The one blemish on Holly Hohm’s record came in December 2011, when she was knocked out by Anna Sophie Mathis in a fight for the vacated IBF and WBAN welterweight titles. Holm would come back to win the rematch on June 12, 2012.
Holm won her 2011 MMA debut with a TKO of Christina Domke. After making the move to Bellator MMA, Holm announced she would retire from boxing. Holm’s record in boxing was 33 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws. Holm racked up three MMA victories in 2013, including knockouts of Allanna Jones at Legacy Fighting Championship 21 and Nikki Knudson at Legacy Fighting Championship 24 and a unanimous decision against Angela Hayes at Fresquez Productions Havoc.
Inking a deal with UFC in 2014, Holm won her first fight against Raquel Pennington at UFC 181 by split decision. Holm’s record continued to improve with a subsequent win over Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night.
In the biggest test of her MMA career, Holm was signed to face reigning bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Despite being considered an underdog, Holm controlled most of the fight and was able to thwart Rousey’s takedown attempts. Holm ended Rousey’s three year reign, and her undefeated streak, with a knockout by headkick in the second round. The victory brings Holm’s MMA record to 10 wins, 3 by decision, and no losses.