Dana White Welcomes Holly Holm To The UFC

With an undefeated record of 7 – 0 and holding the current Legacy FC Bantamweight title, Holly Holm is a fighter that the UFC has been pursuing for a number of months.

This evening (July 10, 2014), fans are learning that “The Preacher’s Daughter” has been signed to the senior circuit.

With no details released, UFC President Dana White made the news official via his Twitter account, by posting a picture of himself, smiling, and holding up the fighter’s new contract:

White later followed up on ESPN:

“I’m excited. I like the fact we keep bringing in more talent.

With women or men, I never know what to think until I see them fight in the UFC. It’s such a different dynamic fighting here. There’s no doubt she’s talented and she has a lot of followers. People are excited to see her.”

The addition of Holm to the UFC’s bantamweight division strengthens an already solid weight class and places within the fold a fighter of true caliber.

Holm has an 86% finishing rate and has taken all of her MMA wins, but one, by way of T/KO. She will be an immediate threat upon her entrance to the division and is certainly a fighter that stands a chance of giving undefeated Champion Ronda Rousey a run for her money.

The big question that everyone will be wondering, is will she get an immediate title shot? The answer to that question is probably yes.

Rousey is just off of a 16 second trashing of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 (July 5, 2014) and although she sustained a broken thumb in the fight, and is also in need of a scope on her knee – scheduled for this coming Tuesday – Rousey is not expected to be sidelined for long.

As such, and given that “Rowdy” has no clear cut contender ahead of her, it would seem reasonable that the promotion would look to put her in the ring with Rousey, in an undefeated champion vs undefeated champion, match.

In terms of the match date, fans can probably expect to see Rousey vs. Holm in either late November or early December. Regarding it, Holm would be wise to spend the interceding time working on her takedown defense and keeping Rousey at range. To do anything less is likely to invite disaster and her first loss.

Photo courtesy of Holly Holm


15 Comments

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    enjoylife321

    July 10, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Rhonda will kill this chick…..Bell rings, rhonda charges forward hands high and just grapple fucks her to the ground followed by submission victory….round 1…all over….

    Rhonda has amazing hands now as well combined with good knees…..holm wins in boxing everyday of the week, but rhonda is just too much for her in mma

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      griffin

      July 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      completely agree. couple years of bjj and wrestling doesnt trump a lifetime. on the feet its not even close but this is mma. ronda takes her down whenever she wants and subs. only person who can beat her is a truly well rounded fighter and only one that fits the bill is cyborg. meisha is solid everywhere but not great anywhere unlike cyborg who is both great on the feet and on the ground. zingano lacks TDD. rest are light years away

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      SpaceJam

      July 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Anything can happen at anytime in MMA, it doesn't matter how damn good you are no one is invincible. One punch, kick, elbow or knee and you will be doing the patented Rashad Evans stanky leg.

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        griffin

        July 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

        one punch one kick one elbow miracle win happens once in a blue moon against the best of the best which ronda is. It happened to gsp and never again. im not dropping 50 to see if 1 of the 5 punches holm is able to get off not only lands but knocks ronda out. What if james toney landed that one punch?? he had a chance right

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          SpaceJam

          July 11, 2014 at 2:42 am

          No, good strikers usually can get KO or TKO victories more often then once in a blue moon. Ronda and Holly both started MMA in 2011. It is not a guaranteed fact that the better ground fighter beats the striker 100% of the time, first one that comes to mind is Maia vs Marquardt. It doesn't matter who you are and how good your opponent is, one strike can change a fight.

          You do remember almost everyone counted out Dillashaw against Barao, because Barao had been wrecking guys. Look who Dillashaw beat then look at the fighters Barao beat. That right there says that type of shit means nothing in a fight.

          I do think Ronda will win, but Holly is a seriously good striker, she is not just a Boxer, she also has some very nice kicks. Holly also has the skill to put Ronda on her ass the big question is can she stop the elite takedowns coming her way, the answer is Who Fucking Knows!!

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            griffin

            July 11, 2014 at 9:44 am

            maia had zero striking at the time and his wrestling was nowhere near as good as it is today to take down nate who was actually great back then. and dillashaw is a complete martial artists not a specialist like holm. holly can only stand. rondas striking isnt on her level but it is clearly pretty solid and getting better she actually works at it unlike maia who looked puzzled on the feet back in '09. yes both started in 2011 but ronda has got good enough on the feet to survive long enough to hit a judo throw which is her world, a world holly is a baby at.. i wouldnt even be surprised if cocky rousey takes holm down, wears her out for a round or two then tko her on the feet.

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      whitemare

      July 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Ronda does not have amazing hands not even fuckin close… if you knew anything you could see that

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    Stuntman

    July 10, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I won't speculate who will win between Holly and Ronda. Both are champions in their own right. What I respect here is that Dana & Lorenzo are great business men. The women are carrying the UFC lately, especially with everyone being on the Disabled List. A win all around for everyone!

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    Amrak

    July 11, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Welcome to the hype train, Holms has also done boxing up to last year. She does not stand a chance against Rhonda. Its the same thing every time. People start hyping a one dimensional fighter. Specially when they know how good Rhondas judo and armbar really is. She has submitted grappler and BJJ black belts with that move.

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    Cpt. Paranoid

    July 11, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I must admit that I admire Ronda's fighting spirit and her judo is just perfect. But her striking is as great as her personality. Good knock outs in the last two fights, but she's a sloppy brawler, not a boxer. Breaking her thumb in a under 20 second fight is clear evidence that her striking is sloppy.

    The key's for Holms to win is to stick and move, use the angels avoid the brawl AND avoid the takedown. And that's a not an easy task. If Holms can turn it in to a technical stand up fight then she has a chance, and if she can avoid the initial brawl attack of Ronda.

    It's not that much about technic or fighting skills. It's more about the mind set of Holms. Can she keep her cool? If she can she can pick Ronda apart standing up. But can she keep it standing up? I'd love to find out.

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      SpaceJam

      July 11, 2014 at 5:40 am

      Ronda has been training Boxing for a good while now. She is definitely starting to become a very good boxer, she has great footwork and she has some nasty KO power. Most Judoka's I have trained with are extremely strong. Her breaking her thumb has nothing to do with her boxing technique, fighters break their hands all the time in MMA. There isn't much padding on MMA gloves or the wraps underneath and when the small bones in your hand smash against your opponents skull, there is a high possibility of causing a broken bone.

      I do think if Holly can rock Ronda early she might be able to avoid an onslaught of Judo throws and submissions to sprawl and brawl, I don't Holly can really stop the takedowns or a submission against a clear minded Ronda. I don't think Rondas boxing is as elite as Holly's to go 5 rounds on the feet. The UFC should book Cyborg vs Holm first that would be a sick fight, it would also show who the real test for Ronda is. Cyborg could also get her weight cutting under control and actually see if she can make 135.

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    movescamp

    July 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Seems like most people have never seen holly fight. She is definitely the biggest threat to ronda. I think holm demolishes cyborg space. Cyborg is not a great striker she was just 30 lbs heavier than her opponents at fight time in a very weak division. Her last Muay Thai fight against an aging veteran was Hard to watch. Her technique is pretty crude. I can guarantee if she can make the cut she will get beat my several of the ladies at bantamweight.

    Holly actually has great movement and kicks. Her bjj may no be there but her footwork and head movement is. It would be a great fight most likely between rousey and holm.

    Cyborg and holm I think ends in the first round with cyborg exposed as having relied on a huge size difference even in her bigger class.

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    OperationCWAL

    July 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

    soon people are gonna want to start seeing midgets fighting once they get over seeing chicks fight!

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    Entity

    July 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Unfortunately EJ is right. If Ronda gets a hold of her, its all over.
    If Holm came to the table with solid wrestling or BJJ, maybe. But she's a fish out of water when it hits the mat.
    Remember James Toney? yeaaaa thats what I thought.

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