The UFC have finally got their woman, as undefeated women’s bantamweight star Holly Holm has agreed terms with the promotion. The two parties had been involved in a lengthy negotiation period, with Holm’s team initially disagreeing on the initial offer from the UFC, but now – after a long wait – Holm has signed with the promotion on a multi-fight, exclusive deal.
Unbeaten as a professional, Holly Holm is widely considered a top five women’s bantamweight in the world, though has thusfar only fought outside of the UFC and Invicta. Due to her success in the boxing ring, Holm is considered a big threat to Ronda Rousey’s belt and, with a couple more fights under her belt, could challenge for the title sooner rather than later.
The announcement comes on the same day in which Cat Zingano’s next fight was confirmed, making July 10 a good day for the women’s bantamweight division. After blitzing through Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds, the division looked thin for Ronda Rousey, though with the addition of Holly Holm and the return of Cat Zingano, now the 135lbs title picture has got a load more interesting.
On top of this, Amanda Nunes – if she can get past Zingano – will be a shoe-in for a #1 contender’s fight, while Gina Carano is still interested in making a return to MMA, and Rin Nakai and Lauren Murphy are set to make their UFC debuts against Miesha Tate and Sara McMann respectively.
The fears of Ronda Rousey cleaning out the women’s bantamweight division should not even cross the mind of fan’s – the unbeaten champ has a plethora of tough women standing in her way.
Holly Holm, now 7-0, has gone the distance just once in her MMA career, winning the other six via form of TKO. With a highlight reel of knockouts already building in a short spell in the sport, Holm was also a more-than accomplished boxer – in fact, an 18-time world champion competing in three weight classes.
Holm racked up an impressive 33-2-3 record in the boxing ring, and has so far shown a lot of potential in the cage. Here is the tweet from Dana White to confirm the great news.
— Dana White (@danawhite) July 10, 2014
Holm’s UFC debut is yet to be confirmed, though a potential suitor would be #6 ranked Jessica Eye, or the tough Brazilian prospect Jessica Andrade. Sean Shelby may opt to build Holm up, alternatively, and give her a tune-up fight before placing her against a ranked competitor. One thing is for sure, I cannot wait to see what the former boxer is capable of.
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