UFC 184 Results: Still Undefeated, Holly Holm Wins the Nod in Octagon Debut

March 1, 2015
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Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington, despite each of their personal successes, entered the Octagon at UFC 184 covered in the shadow of the night’s main event Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano.

They didn’t carry with them the blinding glare of the headliners, but Holm and Pennington knew they were still an integral part of the milestone night at the Staples Center, where women on Saturday night took the top two spots on a UFC fight card for the first time in the promotion’s storied history.

Holm and Pennington lived up to the expectations, fighting toe-to-toe for the duration of their 15-minute bout.

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Holly Holm Raquel Pennington UFC 184 weigh-inPennington immediately took the center of the Octagon and put her cards on the table. She wanted to press and then take Holm down, getting out of the former world-champion boxers comfort zone and staying away from the end of her punches.

The only problem with that strategy is that Holm would have none of it. She darted in and out on Pennington, stinging her with a jab and flurries of punches, all the while stuffing any and all takedown attempts.

Holm looked particularly sharp in the first and second rounds, using her hand speed and footwork to keep Pennington perplexed, although she was never able to land the head kick that would send Pennington’s cranium flying.

As the fight wore on and Pennington’s frustration grew, that frustration turned to desperation and she finally did in the waning minutes of the fight what, in hindsight, she probably should have done from the beginning: she brawled.

When Pennington let loose, she started to find some success, bulling her way through Holm’s punches and landing a few of her own, as well as mixing in some hard elbows. By the end of the third round, she had bloodied Holm’s nose, but it proved to be too little, too late.

Holm walked out of her Octagon debut remaining undefeated, courtesy of a split-decision nod from the judges.

“Finally,” said Holm, whose original UFC debut was derailed due to injury. “There were so many expectations, I didn’t feel like I could really live up to them.”

Holm may not have felt if she lived up to expectations, but the fact remains that she won her Octagon debut and is now 8-0 in her MMA career, on a championship trajectory.


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  • Travis Arens

    Holm obviously had some serious Octagon debut jitters, but I don’t see how any judge could have scored that fight for Pennington.

    • Guest

      pennington won the last round as she clearly landed more cleaner strikes than Holm did.

      • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

        Also judges like octagon control and it was obvious Pennington was chasing holmes around the entire fight

  • peralez2383

    love me some Holm…but she literally has no power, I actually thought Penington won that fight

    • Guest

      pennington won one round and you thought she won the entire fight? LOL

  • Sarge

    Her performance did not impress me.

    • Boris

      Just like your comment.

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      I thought Pennington chased Holmes around the entire fight and maybe should have been given the nod. Holmes wins the 2015 year award for being the most overrated/OVER hyped fighter in the UFC. However if you go back and look at her pictures of when she was boxing its very suspicious the amount of muscle mass she has put on. Also Holmes had an insane size advantage on pennington and still got beat up

      • Sarge

        I thought Pennington win the third round but that’s about it

  • dandogood

    Holly Holmless is not very good and just beat a bum in that tattooed mess of whatever in Pennington a fringe fighter. Holmless at 33 years old has few skills and will soon be exposed a s powerless talentless fraud.

  • Josh

    Look when holly holm was getting worked on before she entered the ring. Her legs were trembling due to the nerves. Once she settles in the cage and throws some dam leg kicks instead of to the head she will start chopping girls down.

  • dandogood

    If Holm ever boxed anywhere no one knows about it or heard about Holmless. very average talent for MMA fighting and really too old to ever make any noise. match Holmless with any qualified UFC woman and it’s over for the old lady.