By Jonathan Solomon
She is ranked as the best female welterweight professional boxer in the world today and one of the greatest of all-time. Now, after having difficulty in securing a fight against Cecilia Braekhus, Holly Holm has decided to return to mixed martial arts.
Training out of Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn’s New Mexico camp, she made her pro MMA debut in 2011 at bantamweight, winning two fights by TKO thanks to kicks. Her last fight was in September 2011 when she finished Jan Finney in the third round. After returning to boxing afterwards, she was knocked out by Anne Sophie Mathis, a loss she avenged last June.
Her last fight came last month with a victory over Diana Prazak to add the vacant IBA and WBF light welterweight titles to her trophy case. Today, she holds five different boxing championships.
Earlier this month, the World Boxing Council booked a fight between undefeated WBC champion Cecilia Braekhus and Holm. However, Braekhus’ promoter instead scheduled her to fight Mia St. John in April.
In response, Holm’s management went to Bellator Fighting Championships and she is now signed to fight on February 28 in New Mexico against a yet to be confirmed opponent.
“We’re not waiting around to fight anybody. Holly can be a world champion in MMA, too” said Holm’s promoter, Lenny Fresquez.
Bellator 91 will air on Spike TV with a main event featuring light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu defending against tournament champion Attila Vegh. Holm’s fight is not expected to air on television live, instead likely to be shown during the prelims on Spike.com.
Stay tuned to MMAOnline.com for news on who Holly Holm will fight in her Bellator debut next month.
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