by Adam Martin
Forget Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg, there’s another female mixed martial artist who has serious star potential if she ever makes it to the UFC.
I’m talking about Holly Holm, who extended her unbeaten MMA record to four-straight fights with a head kick KO win over Allanna Jones at Legacy Fighting Championships 21, which aired Friday night on AXS TV. Holm won the fight at 2:22 of the second round with a knockout, her fourth-straight KO win in four attempts since crossing over to MMA from boxing.
While a boxer, Holm went 33-2-3, an excellent record no doubt, and she was an 18-time world champ in three weight classes. As well, she also has a kickboxing background and is 1-0 as a professional kickboxer.
So basically it’s not surprise that mixed martial arts is coming so quickly to her, because she’s essentially one of the top female combat sports athletes on the planet and it doesn’t matter if it’s MMA or boxing or kickboxing or whatever, Holm is just a stud at anything involving punching and kicking another human being.
She’s only 31 years old, and she trains with Greg Jackson, so she definitely still has time to make an impact in the sport of MMA. And perhaps the best thing about her is that she can fight at 135 pounds, which is the only women’s weight class in the UFC at the moment.
I believe the UFC would be wise to consider signing Holm soon. Maybe she needs one more fight, but honestly, four-straight MMA fights and all wins by knockout is no fluke; Holm is for real, and she can make a serious impact in the UFC and possibly even become a star for the company if they market her correctly.
Sure, anyone watching her fight on AXS knows what she’s capable of, but the average fan didn’t see her highlight-reel head kick KO on Jones and that’s a shame, for imagine she was in the UFC and won her fight that way? The fans would love it, and so would UFC president Dana White. And then, in turn, the media would too, and that’s the key.
I believe Holm has all the potential in the world and it wouldn’t shock me at all if she wins the UFC women’s bantamweight title in the next couple of years. It wouldn’t surprise me at all.
What are your thoughts?