ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Holly Holm was the world’s # 1-rated female boxer before leaving the land of ring ropes, and she is an amazing 7-0 after her transition into MMA. Sadly, she has now pulled out of her much-anticipated UFC debut.
Lenny Fresquez, promoter, told the Albuquerque Journal on Thursday that Holly Holm suffered a neck injury in training and she has to withdraw from her highly anticipated fight with tough as nails Raquel Pennington on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.
Holm is one of a new breed of female mixed martial artists who are regarded more as a true athlete than fighter alone. Her striking skills are obviously top notch, but can she make the transition from the minor leagues to the UFC’s top 10 is the question. Many have her giving Ronda Rousey a stiff test and believe a fight between the two would either silence Rousey’s critics, or prove that boxers really are superior strikers in The Octagon.
PMN friend Julie Kedzie once said of Holm, “She has the scariest hands of any woman I have seen”. Julie’s position as Invicta’s matchmaker is no accident and she is a great judge of talent. She has trained with Holm and seen how good she really is so we had no reason to doubt Julie when she told us, “Holly’s ground game has come a long way and she will surprise a lot of people”.
No word has been given on a potential opponent or a return date. Bethe Correia would be our pick and a win over her would probably have Holm in position to face UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.