It isn’t official yet, but it would appear that Holly Holm, ex-world boxing champion, will finally make her long-awaited UFC debut on none other than the same night Ronda Rousey will attempt to defend her title belt against Cat Zingano. The fight is being arranged to happen versus Raquel Pennington, whom Holm was slated to face earlier this year on December 6th during UFC 181, before Holm suffered an injury to her neck during training and was forced to pull out of the bout. Ashlee Evans-Smith would step in to replace her, but she was quite dominantly put away by Pennington.
Undefeated with seven wins, Holm is a highly-touted athlete. Trained at the renowned Jackson-Winkeljohn gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the UFC signed Holly Holm this year as the most promising prospect to challenge the current bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey. Holm is a fearsome striker, known for her spectacular boxing—a discipline in which she was world champion in three different categories—and excellent kickboxing.
Coming off that win versus Ashlee Evans-Smith, Pennington has five wins and four losses on her professional mixed martial arts record, has made a strong impression on fans.
UFC 184 happens on February 28th at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and it might be the most stacked card the UFC has ever put on, with title fights between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano, Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, preceded by matches between Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza, Big Foot and Frank Mir, Kid Yamamoto and Roman Salazar, as well as Alan Jouban and Richard Walsh—both of whom are coming off losses that most people have dubbed robberies.
If Holly Holm beats Raquel Pennington, and Ronda Rousey delivers a tenth straight win to defend her title—will we see Holly and Ronda agree to that fight on the same damn night?
2014 might’ve been riddled by a lot of questions and doubts. 2015 is surely looking like it’s going to make up for all of that.
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