Holly Holm Says She’s Privileged to Be in the Same Category as Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali

Published 12/21/2021, 8:45 AM EST
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – DECEMBER 3: IBA World Champion Holly Holm (r) battles with #1 Ranked Challenger Ann Marie Saccurato for the IBA Jr. Welterweight World Title at Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater on December 3, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.The event was presented by Fresquez Productions, Inc. in Albuquerque. (Photo by Steve Snowden/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ann Marie Saccurato;Holly Holm

Holly Holm, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, is one of the greatest athletes in the sport. However, before entering MMA, the 40-year-old had an illustrious professional boxing career.


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‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ has many records under her name. Interestingly, the American-born will now add another feather to her cap. She will soon be inducted into the international boxing Hall of Fame in the class of 2022, alongside Regina Halmich, Miguel Cotto, Roy Jones Jr., and James Toney.

It is a significant achievement for the former UFC champion and she feels delighted about it. In her recent interview with Damon Martin of MMA Fighting, Holms said, “Yeah, kinda surreal. You know just the company that I’m considered to be a part of, you know.”


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“To be able to be considered in that same group with all the greatest you know like. Never thought I would be considered to be, you know, in the Hall of Fame.”

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“Along with you know Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. And you know we could go on all day about all the great. But it’s just definitely like I said. It’s super humbling.”

‘The Preacher’s Daughter’, made her UFC debut in 2015 and bagged three back-to-back wins. In epic fashion, she defeated then-undefeated UFC fighter, Ronda Rousey, in a bantamweight title bout.

Later, she had a decent career in the promotion and a few setbacks too. She lost her title against Miesha Tate in 2016 and later faced the same fate in a few other title bouts. She is currently on a two-fight win streak but hasn’t entered the octagon since her last fight in October 2020.

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‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ has a professional MMA record of 14-5 under her name, with 8 of her wins coming via KO.

Since her loss against Amanda Nunes at UFC 239, ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ has competed in two UFC bouts. She secured a unanimous decision victory over Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 and another over Irene Aldana in October 2020.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 04: (R-L) Holly Holm punches Irene Aldana of Mexico in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 04, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Holm was looking to aim for the title next. Unfortunately, though, she dropped out of two UFC fights this year because of injuries. In the same interview, she said, “I definitely am on the mend. I hope to be back in there, back training and get back in there.”


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“I’m feeling a little better. I had to take care of some things. It’s super frustrating, especially when I see people fighting, especially [Nunes vs. Pena] but all the time. Any time I watch the fights, it’s so frustrating cause I want to get in there so badly.”


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Furthermore, Holm said that she is recovering currently and will be back in training soon. And in her quest to regain the bantamweight title, ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ is willing to take on whoever the UFC puts in front of her.

What are your thoughts on Holm’s words? Who do you think she should be fighting next? Let us know in the comments.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.