One of the best fighters of her generation, Holly Holm’s next stop is enshrinement in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
This June, Holm will be included as part of the Class of 2022 at a ceremony in Canastota, New York. But by no means is this an indication that it is slowing down. The former women’s bantamweight champion is hungry for more success in the Octagon, and is looking for another career with the title currently held by Julianna Peña.
“I want to go back to the championship,” said Holm, who won his last two fights. “The Hall of Fame is a wonderful achievement, but I’m going for more. I also want to be in the UFC Hall of Fame. Why not? I want to be the one to do it. So my next goal is to get the belt back. “
Already a member of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame, it was simply a matter of time before the IBHOF knocked on the door. Holm created a masterful career in boxing, finishing with nine knockouts and a sensational record of 33-2-3.
Holm captured world titles in three different weight divisions and sought out all the major opponents. When he retired from the sport in 2013, it seemed like he could never surpass her in boxing success.
By now we know that it is foolish to doubt Holm. In November 2015, she knocked out Ronda Rousey to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title, becoming a world star in the process.
“The boxing experience was a great foundation for me in MMA,” Holm said. “I had seen all the styles of fighter, so I had the experience of the ring. Boxing also helped me emotionally, because it taught me to deal with adversity. Those tests helped me prepare for Ronda. That’s a big reason why she was mentally healthy and was able to act the way I did against her. “
Boxing served as Holm’s path to MMA. After enrolling in aerobics classes when she was 16, Holm’s cardio-kickboxing instructor saw unlimited potential in her. It turned out to be Mike Winkeljohn, who, 24 years later, is still Holm’s coach.
“I started doing cardio kickboxing to stay in shape, and then I asked the trainer if I could try sparring classes,” Holm recalls. “Then after watching some of my teammates fight, I thought it would be a lot of fun to do that too. That’s how it all started “.
Holm started training. She was a fast learner, had solid technique, and was willing to learn. Quite quickly, Winkeljohn found him an exhibition match.
“My coach knew he had a natural talent, but he needed to see if he had the fighting spirit,” Holm said. “That is why that exhibition was so significant. Back then, I never thought about fighting for a title or being in the Hall of Fame. I loved boxing and wanted to show that I belonged.
“In that exhibition, my opponent had more experience than I, so I needed to put it on. And that is what I did. After a couple of combos, they threw in the towel. And it kept going from there. “
Holm, the youngest of three siblings, benefited from learning from older siblings Brian and Weston. Her faith in her gave her a confidence that helped propel her to new heights in combat sports.
“At the beginning of my career, I knew those girls weren’t as tough as my brothers,” Holm said. “So my mindset was to take what I had learned from my brothers and be too much for these girls. Then I learned the technique, but I always had the desire to be better and tougher. “
A turning point for Holm was his first loss. Those are still a rarity for her, but her first boxing loss, which took place on a hot night in June 2004, inspired Holm to dedicate herself even more to the trade.
“It started with an eye-opening headbutt,” Holm said. “My coach called him, and he’s not one to call a fight, so I knew it was a pretty bad cut. I had to accept it, but I was devastated.
“Losing was such a pain. I remember someone trying to comfort me by saying, ‘It’s not the end of the world.’ For me, in fact, it is. I put my soul in it. It is spiritual. It is mental. It is physical. So when I lose, it’s the worst thing in the world. It is no different now. I still lose sleep over my losses. “
Currently ranked second in the women’s bantamweight division, Holm is striving to produce victories. She is building a Hall of Fame caliber career in MMA, which is even more remarkable after her success in boxing.
While Holm’s focus is on a second UFC title race, which would add another layer to his legacy, he also hopes to take a moment this June to reflect on his boxing career and enjoy his induction into the Hall of Fame. .
“I only took one fight at a time,” Holm said. “So being inducted into the Hall of Fame is surreal.”
Dustin Poirier knows Nate Diaz is the perfect opponent for him
Dustin Poirier stated earlier this week that he is willing to fight Nate Diaz on short notice.
That fight is unlikely to happen, but Poirier is smart in wanting it.
Poirier is an elite fighter with few teammates. But after suffering a loss last month from Charles Oliveira, there is no title fight in Poirier’s future. And while the lightweight division is brimming with talent, there are few opponents who can match or exceed Poirier’s star power.
Nate Diaz enters.
Poirier may very well be the second most elite lightweight in the world. Since there are no titles for second-place fighters, he’s trying to make the next best move for his career: scheduling a fight against a fighter not to miss in Diaz.
Diaz is a draw, but not a match for Poirier either. He fought Leon Edwards in their fight last June. This is similar to Colby Covington looking for a fight against Jorge Masvidal in terms of picking a high-profile opponent that you must beat.
Without the Diaz fight, it’s an even longer road back to the title image for Poirier.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.