Fans of mixed martial arts are most familiar with the former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm, for her exploits inside the octagon. But long before Holm decided to try her hand at the sport. She was one of the most successful women’s boxers in the world.
Who while competing from 2002 until 2013, held a host of titles including IFBA World Welterweight Title, WBA World Welterweight Title, WBC World Welterweight Title and the WIBA World Welterweight Title.
Training at Jackson Winkeljon in Albuquerque New Mexico, under the tutelage of Mike Winkeljohn. Holm honed her craft inside the walls of an MMA gym and the cage as opposed to a traditional boxing ring. So for her to have risen to such high levels in a sport, where for the most part she was training and competing in two very different environments is quite the achievement.
After making the decision to finally leave the sport of boxing behind and move into fulltime MMA competition. The last boxing fight for Holly Holm took place in April 2013.
As she looked to seal her final time inside the ropes with a successful defense of her IBA Super Lightweight Title and WBF Super Lightweight Titles. Her opponent on the night would be rising star, Mary McGee. Who at 21 – 1 as a professional looked to prove a tough test for the defending champion.
Cyborg vs Holly Holm UFC 219
Holly Hom who is now regarded as one of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world. Faces yet another tough test on December the 30th at UFC 219. When she contends the UFC featherweight title against the reigning defending champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
In what will no doubt be one of the toughest tests of her entire career. Should Holly overcome Cyborg, there can be doubting it will be the single biggest win, in either MMA or boxing.