Holly Holm
The Preacher's Daughter


Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 1/18/2020
Rematch date set
December 2, 2019
Holm (hamstring) is set to square up against Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 in Las Vegas on Jan. 18, Mike Bohn of mmajunkie.com reports.
January's match will be Holm's first time stepping into the ring since her title fight loss to Amanda Nunes back in March. Holm has found another match to prove that she's still up there with the best-of-the-best. Her and Pennington last fought in February of 2015 and ended the match in a split-decision win in favor of Pennington. Coming off a torn hamstring, there were some doubts as to whether Holm would be ready enough to take on such a major fight but the 38-year-old insisted that she did and will look to get her name back on the UFC map with a win.
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Discloses torn hamstring
September 29, 2019
Holm disclosed via her personal Instagram account that she suffered a torn hamstring but will not require surgery.
The reason for Holm's withdrawal from UFC 243 was initially undisclosed, but in the video she shared, the former champion said that she tore roughly 30 percent of her hamstring during training last week. Holm said surgery won't be needed, but with just one week until her scheduled fight against Raquel Pennington, it simply wouldn't be enough time to recover. Based on her tone, it seems as if she intends to have the rematch rescheduled. Prior to the cancellation, Holm had been listed as a (-195) betting favorite.
Withdraws from UFC 243
September 27, 2019
Holm has withdrawn from UFC 243 due to an undisclosed injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
Holm was looking forward to taking on Raquel Pennington in Melbourne, the scene of her 2015 victory over Ronda Rousey. It was a rematch of the bout at UFC 184 where Holm came out with the win. The lack of clarity on what injury she is dealing with leaves her recovery timeline unclear at this time. It is also not known if Pennington will get a new opponent.
Will return to Melbourne Oct. 5
August 7, 2019
Holm will take on Raquel Pennington in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 243 on Oct. 5 in Melbourne, Australia, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Holm was recently knocked out for the first time in her career, as she was rocked by an Amanda Nunes head kick in her return to the bantamweight division. Pennington has a 2018 lostt to Amanda Nunes on her record as well, though she did manage to record 64 significant strikes and a takedown before getting stopped in the fifth round. Fights against the female GOAT aside, Holm has long been a staple of the bantamweight division, even if she is 2-5 in her last seven bouts. Her historic knockout of then-champion Ronda Rousey occurred in the same arena, so this could be a walk down memory lane for "The Preacher's Daughter." Known as primarily a kickboxer, Holm owns a dead even striking differential over her 10-fight run, though the edge in both volume and defense lies with Pennington in this fight. Pennington has more of an offensive wrestling game to fall back on, though Holm's takedown defense sits at a solid 79 percent. With Nunes running out of formidable contenders, the winner here could put herself back in the conversation for getting another title shot. Also worth noting is that this is a rematch of a tight 2015 matchup which Holm won via split decision, outlanding Pennington 44-to-40 in significant strikes.
Starched by Amanda Nunes
July 6, 2019
Holm came up short in her quest to regain the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Amanda Nunes via TKO (strikes) at 4:10 of Round 1 at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.
It felt inevitable. Holm used her footwork to keep things moderately interesting for a few minutes before Nunes blasted her with a head kick that turned her lights out. Holly ate a couple additional unnecessary shots before referee Marc Goddard put a halt to the action. Holm's long-term legacy is up for much debate. Yes, she held UFC gold and her victory over Ronda Rousey is one of the most memorable fights in the history of women's MMA, but her career record with the company is .500 (5-5), and she has had at least as many poor performances in the UFC as strong ones. Holm, who is set to turn 38 years of age in October, is highly unlikely to ever enter the title picture again, even with the level of name recognition she possesses.
Eyes on bantamweight belt
March 28, 2019
Holm is scheduled to take on Amanda Nunes for the women's bantamweight title at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Holm is perfectly seasoned for the bright lights such as this, as the former bantamweight title holder has challenged for the featherweight strap as well since losing the 135-pound belt back in 2016. She bounced back from a loss to Cris Cyborg with a dominant victory over Megan Anderson at featherweight, and while recently linked to a fight with Aspen Ladd, those plans eventually fell through. She'll now draw a red-hot heavy hitter in Nunes, who most recently defeated Cyborg by first-round KO to become the latest two-division champion. It's a bit surprising to see this fight at 135 pounds with both recently having competed at 145, so the weight cut -- at least for Nunes -- is worth monitoring. Holm enters as likely the more diverse striker with a kickboxing background, and has used her movement to avoid getting knocked out even once during her time in the sport. Nunes will try to end that streak by picking up her third-straight finish. Both women measure up identically.