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Holly Rene Holm (born October 17, 1981)[4] is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and 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 a two-time Ring magazine fighter of the year (2005, 2006).[5] She's ranked by BoxRec as the tenth-best female professional boxer of all time.[6] As of July 8, 2019, she is #3 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[7]

Holly Holm
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Holm in 2016
BornHolly Rene Holm[1]
(1981-10-17) October 17, 1981 (age 37)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Other namesThe Preacher's Daughter
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[2]
Weight144 lb (65 kg; 10 st 4 lb)[2]
DivisionBantamweight (MMA)
Featherweight (MMA)
Light Welterweight (Boxing)
Welterweight (Boxing and Kickboxing)
Light Middleweight (Boxing)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[2]
StyleBoxing, Kickboxing, Gaidojutsu
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico
TeamJackson Wink MMA Academy (2007–present)
AKKA Karate USA (2000–2007)
TrainerMike Winkeljohn (Boxing, Kickboxing)
Greg Jackson (MMA)
Israel Martinez (Wrestling)
Rafael “Barata” Freitas (BJJ)
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roberto "Tussa" Alencar
Years active2011–present (MMA)
2002–2013 (Boxing)
2001–2003 (Kickboxing)
Professional boxing record
By knockout9
By knockout2
Kickboxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By decision4
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision3
Other information
UniversityUniversity of New Mexico
SpouseJeff Kirkpatrick
Notable school(s)Manzano High School
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Holm's most notable win in mixed martial arts (MMA) occurred at UFC 193 (November 15, 2015), in front of a record-breaking crowd for a UFC event (56,215 people) in Melbourne, when she captured the bantamweight title and gave Ronda Rousey her first loss in the sport. This fight is generally considered to be one of the biggest upsets in combat sports history.[8][9][10]

Early lifeEdit

Holm was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in nearby Bosque Farms, the youngest of three children. Her father, Roger, is a Church of Christ preacher — as a fighter, Holly would later be nicknamed "The Preacher's Daughter" — and her mother, Tammy, is a massage therapist. Holm is of primarily Irish descent.[11][12]

Growing up, Holm played soccer and participated in gymnastics, swimming and diving. Her parents divorced shortly before she graduated from Manzano High School in 2000; after graduation, she studied for a year at the University of New Mexico.[13][14][15]

Amateur kickboxing careerEdit

Holm's path to a career in boxing and kickboxing began with aerobics classes when she was 16 years old. Her cardio-kickboxing instructor, Mike Winkeljohn, recognized Holm's potential as a fighter and began training her.

In September 2001, Holm won the championship title in the International Rules Adult Women's Welterweight Division at the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) USA National Amateur Championship Tournament, held in Kansas City, Missouri. She fought two bouts in the tournament. She won the first by technical knockout at 34 seconds in the first round. She won the second by unanimous decision.[16] This was Holm's last amateur competition. Her overall amateur kickboxing record is 6–0–2.

Professional boxing careerEdit

Holm has held several welterweight boxing titles,[17] been highly regarded as one of the best female welterweights in the world, and is considered among the best of all time, by some.[18][19] She also has been named Ring Magazine female Fighter of the Year, twice in consecutive years in 2005 and 2006. She is a big draw in her home town of Albuquerque, having all but three of her fights there and just one of her fights outside of her home state of New Mexico.

In June 2008 she became the undisputed welterweight champion and holder of belts from 140 to 154 by defeating former champ Mary Jo Sanders by decision. They had a rematch on October 17, 2008, at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit, which ended in a draw.[20]

On December 2, 2011, Holm took on knockout artist Anne Sophie Mathis of France for the vacant IBA female and WBAN welterweight titles. Holm was badly beaten by the stronger Mathis without the referee interfering, even going into the canvas without a count. She finally lost by knockout in the 7th round, which would be dubbed the upset of the year in women's boxing.[21] The two fought again on June 15, 2012, for Mathis's WBF female, IBA female, and WBAN welterweight titles. Holm took a unanimous decision win over Mathis, becoming the new champion and avenging her earlier KO loss.[22]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Holm made her mixed martial arts debut on March 4, 2011, against Christina Domke at an event organized by her boxing promoter, Lenny Fresquez. She headlined the card with Jackson's Submission Fighting teammate Keith Jardine.[23] Holm won the fight via TKO in the second round after her opponent was unable to continue due to leg kicks inflicted by Holm.[24]

Holm returned to MMA on September 9, 2011, at Fresquez Productions: Clash in the Cage against Strikeforce veteran Jan Finney.[25] She defeated Finney by TKO in the third round.[26][27]

Bellator MMAEdit

On February 28, 2013, Holm made her Bellator MMA debut against Katie Merrill at Bellator 91 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.[28] Holm won the bout via TKO in the second round.[29][30]

Holm announced that she would retire from boxing after her May 11, 2013, boxing match against Mary McGee so that she can fully concentrate on her MMA career.[31] The message came as a punctuation in the negotiations to arrange a title-battle between Holm and the Norwegian champion Cecilia Brækhus.[32] Holm went on to defeat McGee via unanimous decision, for her boxing retirement bout.

Legacy Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On July 19, 2013, Holm faced Allanna Jones at Legacy Fighting Championship 21.[33] She won the fight by head-kick knockout in the second round.[34]

Holm was expected to face Erica Paes at Legacy Fighting Championship 24 on October 11, 2013.[35] However, Paes was removed from the card and Holm instead faced Nikki Knudsen. Holm won the fight via TKO due to a body kick and knees in round two.[36]

On December 6, 2013, Holm faced Angela Hayes at Fresquez Productions: Havoc.[37] She won the fight via unanimous decision.

On April 4, 2014, Holm faced Juliana Werner for the inaugural Legacy FC Women's Bantamweight Championship. She won the bout and title via TKO in the fifth round due to a head kick and punches.[38] Holm broke her left arm during the first round of the bout.[39]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On July 10, 2014, the media announced that Holm had signed a multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[40] Later in an interview with MMA Junkie, Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez disclosed that Holm's contract is for five fights.[41]

Holm was expected to make her debut at UFC 181 against Raquel Pennington. However, on November 13, Holm was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury.[42] The two fighters faced each other at UFC 184. Holm won the bout by split decision (29–28, 28–29, and 30–27).

Holm faced Marion Reneau on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71.[43] Holm won the fight by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–26, and 29–28).

Women's bantamweight championshipEdit

Holm vs. RouseyEdit

In her highest profile MMA fight to date, Holm faced defending women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey before a record-setting crowd in the main event of UFC 193 on November 14, 2015. Despite being a massive betting underdog, Holm controlled a majority of the bout with her superior striking and defended all of Rousey's takedowns. The second fighter to take Rousey past the first round (after Miesha Tate), she won the fight via knockout in the second with a high kick, ending Rousey's undefeated streak and three-year reign as champion causing her to spend the night in the hospital.[44]

Holm was also awarded her first "Fight of the Night" and "Performance of the Night" bonus awards (totalling $100,000).[45] By winning the title, she became the first person to win championships in both boxing and MMA.[46] Following the bout, UFC fighter Jon Jones[47][48] said he thought Holm was "already the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) of women's combat sports".[49] Her hometown, Albuquerque, New Mexico, proclaimed November "Holly Holm Month".[50][51]

In her first title defense, Holm lost to Miesha Tate in the fifth round on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. After four rounds of back-and-forth fighting, Tate defeated Holm in the fifth with a rear-naked choke. Holm was strong in the first round of the fight standing up, but was less effective grappling with Tate on the mat. After Tate took Holm down in the second round, Holm almost submitted to a guillotine choke, but wriggled out just before the bell. In the fifth round, Tate scored another takedown and locked in another rear-naked choke. Holm refused to submit, was rendered unconscious, and the referee declared a technical submission.[52][53]

Holm faced Valentina Shevchenko on July 23, 2016, at UFC on Fox 20. She lost the bout via unanimous decision.[54]

Women's featherweight championshipEdit

Holm faced Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 for the inaugural women's featherweight championship on February 11, 2017. She lost the fight via controversial unanimous decision. At the end of the second and third rounds, de Randamie continued to throw punches after the horn had sounded and the referee stepped in, the first of which was a right hand that visibly wobbled Holm, who had already stopped fighting. The referee did not take a point on either occasion, which crucially affected the result of the fight.[55] Fourteen of 23 media outlets and a majority of MMA fans still scored the fight in favor of Holm.[56] Holm said post-fight she believed both instances to be intentional.[57] She appealed to the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to review the referee's decisions and determine an "appropriate result."[58] On February 28, the NYSAC denied the appeal, finding "no clear error or violation of statute or rule."[59]

Post championshipEdit

Holm returned to bantamweight division after losing the featherweight title bout. Holm faced Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia on June 17, 2017 in Singapore.[60] She won the fight via knockout in the third round via a head kick that dropped Correia and then a punch.[61] The win earned Holm her second Performance of the Night bonus award. This also set up her bout against current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg at UFC 219[62]

In a return to the women's featherweight division, Holm challenged Cris Cyborg for the UFC Featherweight Championship on December 30, 2017 in the main event at UFC 219.[63] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[64] This fight earned Holm her second Fight of the Night bonus.[65]

Holm faced Megan Anderson on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225.[66] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[67]

Holm was expected to face Aspen Ladd in a bantamweight bout on March 2, 2019 at UFC 235.[68] However, on January 31, 2019 it was reported the pair was no longer taking place at the event. [69]

On March 20, it was reported that Holm signed a new six-fight contract with the UFC.[70]

Holm faced Amanda Nunes for the Women's bantamweight championship on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239.[71] She lost the fight via technical knockout in round one after being dropped by a head kick and finished with follow up punches by Nunes.[72]

Holm was scheduled to face Raquel Pennington on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243.[73] However, on September 27, it was revealed Holm withdrew from the bout due to an undisclosed injury and the bout was cancelled.[74]

Fighting styleEdit

Holm employs frequent lateral movement while working stiff jabs to an opponent's head.[75][76] When standing within the pocket, she often waits to attack with counter-strikes, usually employing a straight left hand.[76] Holm is also known for her punching combinations, typically done while her opponents are against the cage.[77]

Decorated boxer and ONE Championship fighter Ana Julaton has described Holm as a "natural mover", noting her footwork as an asset in setting up strikes.[78] At UFC 193, Ronda Rousey took several blows while struggling to close the distance against Holm.[79] 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.[75][80]

In popular cultureEdit

Holm is one of several boxers photographed by artist Delilah Montoya and profiled in the publication Women Boxers: The New Warriors.[81] She appeared in the 2016 feature film Fight Valley alongside Miesha Tate and Cris Cyborg.[82]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  • Overall
    • 16 title defenses won at three different weight classes
  • World Boxing Federation
    • WBF Female World Light Welterweight Championship (One time)[83]
    • WBF Female World Welterweight Championship (One time)[84]
    • 2012 Female Fighter of the Year[85]
    • 2012 Female Fight of the Year vs. Anne Sophie Mathis on June 15[85]
  • Women Boxing Archive Network
    • WBAN World Welterweight Championship (One time)[86]
    • WBAN World Junior Welterweight Championship (One time)[87]
    • WBAN World Junior Middleweight Championship (One time; First)[88]
    • 2012 Biggest Comeback of the Year[89]
    • 2011 Fight of the Year vs. Anne Sophie Mathis on December 2[90]
    • 2010 Fighter of the Year[91]
    • 2009 Most Accomplished of the Year[92]
    • 2008 Highest Achievements of the Year[93]
    • 2007 Fighter of the Year[94]
    • 2007 Most Improved Boxer of the Year[94]
    • 2006 Most Improved Boxer of the Year[95]
    • 2005 Hottest Rising Star of the Year[96]
    • 2005 Upset of the Year vs. Christy Martin on September 16[96]
  • World Boxing Council
    • WBC Female World Welterweight Championship (One time)[97]
    • NABF Female Light Welterweight Championship (One time)[98]
  • Global Boxing Union
    • GBU World Welterweight Championship (One time)[97]
  • Women's International Boxing Association
    • WIBA World Light Welterweight Championship (One time)[99]
    • WIBA World Welterweight Championship (One time)[97]
  • International Female Boxers Association
    • IFBA World Welterweight Championship (One time)[97]
    • IFBA World Light Middleweight Championship (One time)[100]
    • 2006 Fighter of the Year[101]
  • World Boxing Association
    • WBA Female World Welterweight Championship (One time; First)[102]
  • International Boxing Association
    • IBA Female World Welterweight Championship (Three times)[86][97]
    • IBA Female World Light Welterweight Championship (Three times; First)[103][104][105]
    • 2012 Female Comeback Fighter of the Year[106]
  • BoxRec
    • Highest ranked female boxer in automated all-time pound-for-pound rankings at the time of her retirement from boxing. By the time of winning her UFC championship she dropped to #2 in pound-for-pound rankings but still was #1 in welterweight[107]
  • The Ring
    • 2006 Female Fighter of the Year[101]
    • 2005 Female Fighter of the Year[108]
  • New Mexico Boxing
    • 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee[109]
    • 2010 Fighter of the Year[110]
    • 2009 Fighter of the Year[110]
    • 2008 Fighter of the Year[110]
    • 2007 Fighter of the Year[110]
    • 2006 Fighter of the Year[110]
    • 2005 Fighter of the Year[110]
  • Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame
    • 2005 Female Athlete of the Year[111]


Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 12 wins 5 losses
By knockout 8 1
By submission 0 1
By decision 4 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–5 Amanda Nunes TKO (head kick and punches) UFC 239 July 6, 2019 1 4:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 12–4 Megan Anderson Decision (unanimous) UFC 225 June 9, 2018 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 11–4 Cris Cyborg Decision (unanimous) UFC 219 December 30, 2017 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 11–3 Bethe Correia KO (head kick and punch) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 3 1:09 Kallang, Singapore Bantamweight bout. Performance of the Night.
Loss 10–3 Germaine de Randamie Decision (unanimous) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 5 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States Featherweight debut. For the inaugural UFC Women's Featherweight Championship.
Loss 10–2 Valentina Shevchenko Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 5 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 10–1 Miesha Tate Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 5 3:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Ronda Rousey KO (head kick) UFC 193 November 15, 2015 2 0:57 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 July 15, 2015 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 8–0 Raquel Pennington Decision (split) UFC 184 February 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 April 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 December 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 October 11, 2013 2 1:18 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Allanna Jones KO (head kick) Legacy FC 21: Huerta vs. Hobar July 19, 2013 2 2:22 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Katie Merrill TKO (punches) Bellator 91 February 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 September 9, 2011 3 2:49 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 1–0 Christina Domke TKO (leg kicks) Fresquez Productions: Double Threat March 4, 2011 2 3:58 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
38 fights 33 wins 2 losses
By knockout 9 2
By decision 24 0
Draws 3
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
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.

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)Edit

Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Knockout Sportsworld Herself Episode: "Throwing Bombs"
Archive footage


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Fight Valley Payton Walsh [133][134]

Personal lifeEdit

Holm has close relationships with her parents and brothers. Her father always attends her fights, and for years assisted in her corner during her boxing matches. She and her father are partners in a real estate company. Holm is a Christian and her faith background is in Churches of Christ. Her mother, Tammy Bredy, has seen little of Holm in the cage and rarely attends Holm's bouts.[135]

In 2012, she married Jeff Kirkpatrick, also from Albuquerque, whom she met in the college.[14] In the beginning of 2019, it was revealed that the couple had separated in March 2018. Holm filed for a divorce and sought out to get her maiden name back.[136]

See alsoEdit


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Preceded by
Ronda Rousey
2nd UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion
November 15, 2015 – March 5, 2016
Succeeded by
Miesha Tate
Major world boxing titles
Inaugural Champion WBA female welterweight champion
June 10, 2006 – 2007
Title next held by
Cecilia Brækhus
Title last held by
Mary Jo Sanders
WBC female welterweight champion
March 22, 2007 – 2008