Ronda Rousey Has Another Contender as World Champion Boxer Holly Holm Signs with the UFC

July 10, 2014
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Holly HolmIt’s unclear who UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s next challenger will be upon her return from a broken thumb and knee surgery, but there will be one more fighter vying for the option.

UFC president Dana White on Thursday tweeted that the promotion had just signed world-champion-boxer-turned-mixed-martial-artist Holly Holm.

The signing is the culmination of months of negotiations that intermittently ran hot and cold.

White did not reveal the details of Holm’s contract. She won’t likely jump into an title shot with Rousey in her UFC debut, but Holm is sure to be on the short list if she can enter the Octagon and immediately win a fight or two.

Holm boasts a 33-2-3 professional boxing record with multiple world titles to her credit. She made the transition to MMA in 2011 and is undefeated with six of her seven wins coming by way of knockout. She is the first and current Legacy FC women’s bantamweight champion.

She trains out of the Jackson-Winkeljohn gym in Albuquerque, N.M., alongside light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, welterweight contender Carlos Condit, lightweight Donald Cerrone, and many other notables.

There was no word at the time of publication as to when, where or whom Holm would make her UFC debut against.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Cat Zingano, that was easy. But they won’t do it because they are the only two women left for Ronda to fight in the UFC.

    • ElFlange

      Zingano’s been booked against Andrade.

      • TheCerealKiller

        I just looked it up and she’s fighting Amanda Nunes. That means they’ll probably throw Tate at her.

        • ElFlange

          My bad. Holm – Tate sounds like a good matchup.

          • ElFlange

            Isn’t Tate booked on the Japan card?

          • Seth

            Why anyone still care about C-level fighter that is all hype? We all saw what happens when Tate can’t use her wrestling. She was ranked #2 when she was 0-2 in the UFC. That shows you EXACTLY that she is most overrated female fighter walking today. She even tops Cryborg – which is really amazing achievement. She is 1-2 now and I’ve heard people already talking about trilogy with Ronda…seriosuly?

    • riverdawg

      I think they’ll do Sarah Kaufman vs Holly Holm. Striker vs Striker. Last thing they’ll want is to sign her and throw her in against a wrestler. Tate is fighting Rin Nikai in Japan anyways.

  • dandogood

    watch the U tube video of Holly getting violently KO’d.

    • jorge anguiano

      holly holm getting KO’d by who?

    • #1mmafan.

      You’re right. She got ko’d once in kickboxing in 2003 and once in boxing in 2011 and then avenged that loss. I’m trying to figure out what your point is because if you look at her boxing,kickboxing,and mma records the victories outweigh the losses. She’s undefeated in mma and i know according to you she wont beat Rousey because she’s your hero and you just can’t help yourself when it comes to trolling all of her possible opponents. Good luck with that.

      • Raphael Mastro

        Not my hero, just wanna hit it… lol

        • TheCerealKiller

          She’s not a pretty woman. You can add 50lbs to a pretty woman and she’s still pretty. Add 50 to Ronda and she starts looking like Hunny BooBoo’s mom.

          • Lucas Freire

            I guess that for MMA fans used to spend whole nights seeing big guys getting it on anything with a vagina(sorry Cyborg) is pretty. lol

          • MuayThaiFood

            I think what you just said there is that you would have no problem sleeping with a fat chick, just not fat Rhonda. That was pretty funny though.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Different sport. Does not apply to MMA. Try again.

  • TRT-rex

    Are we supposed to be impressed? Holm will be Ronda easiest match up style wise. She will judo toss her so fast she might break her own ko record. Not taking anything from holm but sign cyborg or stop trying to promote these 1 sided fights. Holm isn’t as good as her hype, not where near it. She isn’t even a great boxer.

    • #1mmafan.

      You probably would believe Ronda if she said that she could judo toss and armbar a full grown male silverback gorilla. And as ridiculous as that may sound she or Dana will say something as equally stupid. Wait and see!

      • TRT-rex

        No. Actually I don’t like Ronda at all. She is a white trash bar hussy IMO. But I am a judo player(I’m not good lol), so I just understand how good she actually is. That is why I can’t wait for her true test in cyborg. The one all you haters like to call a man. She has the only chance

        • #1mmafan.

          I’m not a Cyborg hater. As a matter of fact i would love more than anything to watch her wreck Lousey if daddy Dana will ever stop protecting her.

        • Seth

          Im not a hater either, but before we sign Cryborg – make sure she can make 135 without being dead and let’s see if she can fight off roids and other stuff she used to (still do?) take at 145. Before 1 or 2 fights at 135 in which she proves that at that weight she is still one of the best, I don’t see a reason to give her a fight with Rousey. How many times we saw good fighters changing weight classes and they sucked completly?

          So,
          Step 1 – make 135 and drop roids.
          Step 2 – prove you are still top female fighter at 135
          Step 3 – stay alive after weight cut
          Step 4 – sign with UFC, without stupid so-called negotation, because you aren’t superstar and you take what’s given to you at this point.

          Then – and only then – god bless her in her fight against Ronda. Hope she will tap before her arm snaps.

  • TruDat

    You Cyborg nut huggers, as violent and reckless as she is, her ability to dispatch opponents doesn’t even come close to Rousey’s. Look out Rousey’s record. How many opponents has she finished in under 1 minute. Now look at ManBorgs record. Not even close. Your steroid superstar is not that good. Her wild ass would get clinched in hot second, tossed and submitted before you could utter the words “stop juicing”.

    • John Bunch

      The moment you throw the “man” comparisons around, you lose all respectability. Fortunately for you, there are 4 dumb asses that agree with you. I see a circle jerk in your futures…aim well, my friends.

      • TruDat

        Hey genius, tell me that the Testosterone that Cyborg has used has not given her “man-like” characteristices (look at much earlier photos). How does a factual physical description dicount respectability. You were obviously punked as a child and your insecurity lingers. Debate me like a man with facts and quite protecting your fighters steroid injected physique.

        • John Bunch

          Yes, I was punked as a child. Joan Crawford and her coat-hangers had quite a detrimental impact upon my emotional and psychological growth. I’m not a fan of RR at all, but her growth as a fighter over the last couple of years is sick and scary. She looks like a predator in there, stalking her prey. I want to see her fight Cyborg for no other reason than, just because. I am/was a huge Fedor fan and when there was a chance he was going to fight Overeem in the Strikeforce HW tourney, I didn’t take to the forums and try to discredit Overeem so as to build in an excuse for Fedor if he were to lose. Rockhold knew Vitor was juiced up on TRT but he didn’t blink in accepting the fight. Rhonda is a big girl (If this were a man, I would say “big boy”, just fyi), she doesn’t need anyone making excuses for her. If they ever fight, if she loses, then we can start playing the speculation game. Does ANYONE here truly believe if Dana makes this fight that Cyborg won’t be tested more rigorously than any fighter before her? There’s nothing to be afraid of…RR can handle her business.

      • brad king

        punk haha! holly is hot but u wont understand that u too busy hauling RR nuts around.

        • brad king

          haha i meant this message to go to TruDat

        • aaron gustaveson

          “hauling RR nuts around.” ?

          Whats this mean?

          • brad king

            it may be beyond your thinking scope

      • aaron gustaveson

        Why? She looks like a man from cheating so much, how is that not relevant?

        • John Bunch

          What does a man look like? Bill Gates? Stephen Hawking? Hulk Hogan? Rupaul?

          • aaron gustaveson

            yep.

          • John Bunch

            My friend…if I go through the trouble of baiting a hook…you better take the bait. :)

          • aaron gustaveson

            :)

    • brad king

      RR is a paper champion inflated to look better than she is. The day she starts to really defend the championship against contenders that aint handpicked by White, she will lose the title! 6 months after that it will be “Rhonda who?”

      • David

        I wouldn’t discount really any of Ronda’s past opponents, and I certainly wouldn’t discount Ronda. It’s hilarious how polarising it is with regards to how people view her skill. She is incredibly talented and unbelievably tough, it’s silly to argue otherwise.

        I don’t like the man comparisons either, but I do look at banned substance use in a much more critical way than I look at Ronda in any of the ways people typically do on here. Cyborg cheated, and it’s fairly obvious that she was using what she was. If she stays clean and enters the UFC in that weight division, great. I’d like to see her fight her way to a title shot like Holly Holm hopefully will (which would be a great fight for Rousey as well).

      • TruDat

        Yeah its a Dana White conspiracy. You’re as weak minded as “backkiick” above. Read my response to him and you’ll realize that you’re just another ignorant MMA wannabe….How about some facts punk?

      • aaron gustaveson

        7people thumb-up this comment? WTF? Sick,sad world.

        • brad king

          sorry to break it to u the way it really is.

          • aaron gustaveson

            what did you break to me, the fact that many people are stupid as f–k?

    • backkick

      You have invalidated your own opinion. Nice job. Clearly, Rousey has had opponents offered by Dana and the UFC for promotional purposes. Ronda needs real contenders, plain and simple, Cyborg is a real contender. Attacking her because you don’t like the way she looks just makes you look like a dumbass. But i guess, this is the internet, where dumbasses roam unabashed.. And by the way, pretty much every fighter in the sport “juices”, lol. Is that a surprise to anyone?

      • TruDat

        Weak arguments come from weak minds. Your argument is based on Rousey not having “real” opponents. I guess Cyborg has had better ones huh dumbass? Did Dana line those up for Cyborg as well. Fighters like Davis, Tate, Kaufman, McMann, Carmouche could stack up against any of Cyborgs past opponents. Your fighter will become a “real” fighter with a “real” shot once she can prove she’s clean. Your argument that everyone juicies is the only way you can validate her success. What a genius….

        • John Bunch

          When was the last time she was busted? Was she busted more than once? I must have missed something.

      • Maddawgmar

        Here is a list of Cyborgs opponents. Jan Finney, Fiona Muxlow, Yamanaka, Marloes Connen… These are more legit opponents than Carmouche, McMann, Tate, Kaufman? I think not. Your arguments about Rousey are interchangeable to Cyborg. Yet Rousey hasn’t cheated.

  • ac

    Basically Cyborg has to realise that the UFC is not going to cater for her. If she wants to fight in the UFC then she needs to get with their program, which is 135lbs. That means if she wins the 135lb title she would be expected to be the 135lb champion and defended it until she loses it.

    No promotion is going to let someone from the outside come in and do a smash and grab, leaving them with no champion to promote.

  • dandogood

    Holly Holmless will get snapped in two by Rousey. Holmless is a frail weak twig. let Cyborg finish Holmless’s career off first with a beat down humiliation.

  • dandogood

    Holly Holmless looks like a cocktail waitress and some blonde bimbo vastly over-hyped because she resembles a female at times.

  • David

    My head hurts from reading too many of the comments below, some of which are the new dumbest (and in many cases misogynistic) comments I’ve ever read. Try not injecting hate into absolutely everything you don’t agree with. These comment sections need more intelligent MMA fans, I know they’re out there.

    • TruDat

      Oh excuse me Father David. Take an aspirin and man up! Why don’t you quick preaching and deabate us haters with some facts. I’m waiting Davie….

      • #1mmafan.

        Try using spellcheck before you post! Oh i’m sorry i didn’t realize who i was speaking to. You probably think TruDat is the correct spelling of True That! Get a dictionary(if you can read it)

        • TruDat

          It’s a TYPO schoolboy. I don’t need spell check. I don’t worry about a mistake or 2. Quit worrying about my spelling grammer boy, and suprise me with something intelligent….I won’t hold my breath.

          • TruDat

            By the way, mental midget….As long as you’re focussed on grammer…don’t forget to capitalize your “i” when you write. After all, its proper grammer schoolboy. Your computer won’t fix that for you, so you’re on your own. Good luck….

          • #!mmafan.

            You are intelligent!(sarcastically speaking of course). You don’t even know how to use the comment section. You just tried to send me a comment by posting to yourself. Ha! Ha! You asked me to surprise you with something intelligent but I fear that if I do it would leave you in a world of confusion. It would be like me dueling with an unarmed man(that being you of course).You have yourself a nice day now!

  • dandogood

    Holly Holm looks female so she was signed up. Compared to Liz and dull Sara the UFC needed more females that look like females.

    • Fawn Lopez

      Well that eliminates Cyborg.

      • dandogood

        eliminates-sara and liz and the lot

  • dandogood

    Make Holm fight Cyborg first. Then Big Nose tate.

  • dandogood

    Holm getting KO’d violently on You Tube shouts average. Cannot take a punch. Holm should be swinging around a pole for ones and fives in a G string..