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#7 Women's Bantamweight Division


"The Preacher's Daughter"

Holly Holm

Women's Bantamweight Division

15-7-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Decision

Holly Holm

athlete record


Learn more about Holly Holm's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Albuquerque, United States
Trains at
Joel Diaz Boxing
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Feb. 28, 2015
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2011, full-time in MMA since 2013

  • Eight wins by KO, seven by decision

  • 5-4, 1 NC in her last 10 fights; has won three of her last six

  • Was at the top of the pound-for-pound list in boxing for much of her career

  • Holds boxing wins over Christy Martin, Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Chevelle Hallback, Belinda Laracuente, Mary Jo Sanders, Anne Sophie Mathis, and Diana Prazak

  • Retired from boxing with a 33-2-3 (9 KOs) record

  • 2017 inductee – International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame

  • 2022 inductee – International Boxing Hall of Fame

  • Origin of nickname – “My father has been a preacher for the Church of Christ for my entire life.”

UFC 300 (4/13/24) Holm was submitted by Kayla Harrison via rear naked choke at 1:47 of the second round 

UFC on ESPN (7/15/23) Holm’s loss to Mayra Bueno Silva was overturned to a no contest when Bueno Silva failed a post-fight drug test

UFC on ESPN (3/25/23) Holm won a three round unanimous decision over Yana Santos 

UFC Fight Night (5/21/22) Holm lost a five-round split decision to Ketlen Vieira

UFC on ESPN (10/4/20) Holm won a five-round unanimous decision over Irene Aldana

UFC 246 (1/18/20) Holm won a three round unanimous decision over Raquel Pennington

UFC 239 (7/6/19) Holm was stopped by Amanda Nunes via strikes at 4:10 of the first round in a fight for the UFC women’s bantamweight title

UFC 225 (6/9/18) Holm won a three round unanimous decision over Megan Anderson

UFC 219 (12/30/17) Holm lost a five round unanimous decision to Cris Cyborg in a fight for the UFC women’s featherweight title

UFC Fight Night (6/17/17) Holm knocked out Bethe Correia at 1:09 of the third round

UFC 208 (2/11/17) Holm lost a five round unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie in a bout for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title

UFC on FOX (7/23/16) Holm lost a five round unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko

UFC 196 (3/5/16) Holm was submitted by Miesha Tate via rear naked choke at 3:30 of the fifth round, losing her UFC women’s bantamweight title

UFC 193 (11/15/15) Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey at :59 of the second round to win the UFC women’s bantamweight championship

UFC Fight Night (7/15/15) Holm won a three round unanimous decision over Marion Reneau

UFC 184 (2/28/15) Holm won a three round split decision over Raquel Pennington

When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was 16, I liked cardio kickboxing for the workout. I did that for about a year and got very intrigued watching the sparring classes at the same gym (Winkeljohn's Kickboxing). I started sparring and asked Mr. Winkeljohn to let me know when he thought I was ready to compete. I trained for a bit and had my first fight at 18 and I fell in love with the sport. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Multiple world titles in boxing. Ranked number 1 in numerous organizations and at different times, also ranked 1 in multiple weight classes (140-147-154)

Do you have any heroes? My heroes are my family, friends and teammates. I look at the things they accomplish and how they influence other people. I watch that and think "I want to do big things too. I want to influence people in a positive way too." 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
I am so overwhelmed with emotion. It means so much. More than I can explain. I know it is the place to be.... the place everyone wants to be.... so I just want to do well. I want to be a good thing not a big letdown. I want to perform. I want to excel. I want to accomplish. I don't just want to be a participant. 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
One year at UNM but no degree. I did go to real estate school and got my license, which is currently active.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was a server at multiple restaurants. I also worked as a chiropractic assistant for a couple years.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I won a national kickboxing championship before turning pro

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Multiple boxing titles, one MMA title, and some knockouts

Favorite grappling technique: I like anything that gets someone to submit

Favorite Striking technique: Ha, ha, anything that knocks ‘em out!