A former professional boxer, Holly Holm had an up-and-down career but she was responsible for one of the biggest upsets in UFC history in 2015.
Holm is the main attraction at UFC 208 this coming weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn where she’ll fight Dutchwoman Germaine de Randamie.
They will face off in the main event for the first ever UFC women’s featherweight title, a new weight division recently introduced.
Here is all you need to know about the 35-year-old MMA fighter…
Who is Holly Holm?
Holly Holm was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the youngest of three children. Her father, Roger, is a Church of Christ preacher — as a fighter, Holly was nicknamed “The Preacher’s Daughter”.
She excelled in soccer and participated in gymnastics, swimming and diving while growing up before enrolling as a student at the University of New Mexico .
Holm’s path to a career in boxing and kickboxing began with aerobics classes. Her cardio-kickboxing instructor recognized Holm’s potential as a fighter and began training her.
In 2012, she married Jeff Kirkpatrick, also from Albuquerque.
How did Holly Holm get into UFC?
Holm has held several welterweight boxing titles and is regarded as one of the best female welterweights in the world.
She was a multiple-time world champion in boxing, defending her titles 18 times in three weight classes, and was a two-time Ring magazine fighter of the year.
But she moved into MMA in 2011, retiring from boxing in 2013 to concentrate on her new sport.
In 2014, Holm had signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC and has not looked back ever since.
What is Holly Holm’s best UFC moment?
Holm shocked the world at UFC 193 in Melbourne last year when her devastating head kick knocked out Ronda Rousey and dethroned one of the UFC’s most dominant world champions.
In her highest profile MMA fight so far, Holm wowed in front of a record-setting crowd in Melbourne, Australia, ending Rousey’s undefeated streak and three-year reign as champion.
How has Holly Holm fared since beating Ronda Rousey?
Her world title only lasted until her next bout when Holm, at UFC 196, succumbed to a late rear naked choke by Miesha Tate on a dramatic night at the MGM Grand.
A loss to Russian kickboxing star Valentina Shevchenko sent Holm back to the drawing board, her coach Mike Winkeljohn revealing the torment suffered by the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion after back-to-back losses in the Octagon.
But now this multi-time world champion returns at her more natural weight class. And she is looking to become the first two-weight female world champion in UFC history.