Holly Holm in her fight against Katie Merrill at Bellator 91. Photo Credit via Bellator

Holly Holm has a lot to prove in the Octagon

It’s finally happened. Undefeated prospect Holly Holm has signed with the UFC.

UFC President Dana White released an image with him holding a contract alongside another image of Holm with a caption welcoming ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ to the Octagon.

The reaction to the news was mixed. While some folks – including Holms’ training partners at Jackson’s MMA – welcomed the prospect to the UFC, others voiced their criticism, saying that Holm was not ready to make the jump to the largest MMA promotion in the world.

Although Holm has racked up a 7-0 record and made history by becoming the first Legacy FC Women’s Bantamweight champion, not to mention her impressive boxing resumé, fans and critics are not keen on ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ coming to the octagon. If Holm hopes to silence her critics, she’ll have to show them she is ready for competition.

Personally, I think Holm brings a lot to the women’s bantamweight division, especially when it comes to striking. Although the weight class has hard hitters like Sarah Kaufman, Germaine de Randamie and Liz Carmouche, Holm’s six wins via knockout in MMA and 33-2-3 boxing record gives her the striking advantage over any other UFC fighter.

One area where Holm may lack is in the grappling and takedown department and the UFC has plenty of female fighters who are amongst the best grapplers in the world. If she wants to match up with submission specialists like current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano, she’ll have to step up her submission and takedown defines training regime. Being a member of Greg Jackson’s camp, she can train with several experienced grapplers.

White said that Holm would have one tune up fight before she gets a crack at Rousey. Personally I think Holm should face Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye. UFC fans typically enjoy fights when the two combatants are trading leather and Eye is someone who loves to scrap and can take some punishment. Eye’s own grappling would be a good test for Holm.

If Holm can get past Eye – or whoever the UFC puts in front of her – then it’s only a matter of time before we see the 18-time boxing world champion take on the “Rowdy” one.

Who would you like to see Holm face in her first UFC bout? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @cagepagesfs.

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