Holly Holm
The Preacher's Daughter

USA

Earns win in UFC 246 snooze fest
BantamweightUFC
January 18, 2020
Holm defeated Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
A rematch of a February 2015 fight between these two women, Holm once again emerged victorious and once again saw her stock take a hit as a result. Unlike the first bout where Holm was lucky to earn the decision, Holly clearly won this one. That being said, Holm (and Pennington) did nothing offensively throughout the course of the fight. Holm's entire offensive game plan consisted of pinning Pennington up against the cage in a clinch position. Holly told Joe Rogan in her post-fight interview that she still believes she can reclaim a UFC Championship but that's plenty difficult to believe after seeing this performance. Pennington is a weak opponent and Holm slept walked to a victory. Holly isn't improving at age 38. She has alternated wins and losses in her past six fights.
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Rematch date set
BantamweightUFC
December 2, 2019
Holm (hamstring) is set to square up against Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 in Las Vegas on Jan. 18, Mike Bohn of mmajunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
January's match will be Holm's first time stepping into the ring since her title fight loss to Amanda Nunes back in March. Holm has found another match to prove that she's still up there with the best-of-the-best. Her and Pennington last fought in February of 2015 and ended the match in a split-decision win in favor of Pennington. Coming off a torn hamstring, there were some doubts as to whether Holm would be ready enough to take on such a major fight but the 38-year-old insisted that she did and will look to get her name back on the UFC map with a win.
Discloses torn hamstring
BantamweightUFC
September 29, 2019
Holm disclosed via her personal Instagram account that she suffered a torn hamstring but will not require surgery.
ANALYSIS
The reason for Holm's withdrawal from UFC 243 was initially undisclosed, but in the video she shared, the former champion said that she tore roughly 30 percent of her hamstring during training last week. Holm said surgery won't be needed, but with just one week until her scheduled fight against Raquel Pennington, it simply wouldn't be enough time to recover. Based on her tone, it seems as if she intends to have the rematch rescheduled. Prior to the cancellation, Holm had been listed as a (-195) betting favorite.
Withdraws from UFC 243
BantamweightUFC
September 27, 2019
Holm has withdrawn from UFC 243 due to an undisclosed injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Holm was looking forward to taking on Raquel Pennington in Melbourne, the scene of her 2015 victory over Ronda Rousey. It was a rematch of the bout at UFC 184 where Holm came out with the win. The lack of clarity on what injury she is dealing with leaves her recovery timeline unclear at this time. It is also not known if Pennington will get a new opponent.
Will return to Melbourne Oct. 5
BantamweightUFC
August 7, 2019
Holm will take on Raquel Pennington in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 243 on Oct. 5 in Melbourne, Australia, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Holm was recently knocked out for the first time in her career, as she was rocked by an Amanda Nunes head kick in her return to the bantamweight division. Pennington has a 2018 lostt to Amanda Nunes on her record as well, though she did manage to record 64 significant strikes and a takedown before getting stopped in the fifth round. Fights against the female GOAT aside, Holm has long been a staple of the bantamweight division, even if she is 2-5 in her last seven bouts. Her historic knockout of then-champion Ronda Rousey occurred in the same arena, so this could be a walk down memory lane for "The Preacher's Daughter." Known as primarily a kickboxer, Holm owns a dead even striking differential over her 10-fight run, though the edge in both volume and defense lies with Pennington in this fight. Pennington has more of an offensive wrestling game to fall back on, though Holm's takedown defense sits at a solid 79 percent. With Nunes running out of formidable contenders, the winner here could put herself back in the conversation for getting another title shot. Also worth noting is that this is a rematch of a tight 2015 matchup which Holm won via split decision, outlanding Pennington 44-to-40 in significant strikes.
Starched by Amanda Nunes
BantamweightUFC
July 6, 2019
Holm came up short in her quest to regain the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Amanda Nunes via TKO (strikes) at 4:10 of Round 1 at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It felt inevitable. Holm used her footwork to keep things moderately interesting for a few minutes before Nunes blasted her with a head kick that turned her lights out. Holly ate a couple additional unnecessary shots before referee Marc Goddard put a halt to the action. Holm's long-term legacy is up for much debate. Yes, she held UFC gold and her victory over Ronda Rousey is one of the most memorable fights in the history of women's MMA, but her career record with the company is .500 (5-5), and she has had at least as many poor performances in the UFC as strong ones. Holm, who is set to turn 38 years of age in October, is highly unlikely to ever enter the title picture again, even with the level of name recognition she possesses.