Holly Holm (4-0) notched her fourth straight knockout win in mixed martial arts on Friday night against Allanna Jones (2-3) with a vicious head kick midway through the second round of their Legacy FC fight. Holm recently walked away from a boxing career that spanned over 11 years and included a variety of wins against the biggest names in women’s boxing. She retired from the sport with a 33-2-3 record and nine knockouts.
So far, Holm has a 100% knockout rate in her new sport.
Holm also has a background in kickboxing, so the last skill she’ll have to master to become an MMA superstar is her ground game. If she can become as competent in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as she is in striking, she won’t have any trouble getting to a point where she can legitimately challenge UFC Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. First, Holm will have to prove she can beat much better competition. Her fights, so far, have all been against prospects. All of the women she faced in her short MMA career have allowed her to utilize her striking to set the tone. Legacy FC is a small league without the kind of talent that can truly test Holm, but she can certainly find some warm-up fights there until the UFC comes calling.
Until we see Holm start rolling with top competition and trying to lock up submissions, she’s just another boxer trying to prove she can make it in a much more complicated sport. Still, her potential to dominate women’s MMA is palpable. As a top-level striker, she’ll be best suited for learning excellent takedown defense so her fights never have to go to the ground. By the time she does have to test her ground skills, she should be able to develop enough talent to get out of any sticky situation she’ll find herself in.
Holm works extremely hard at her craft with some of the best coaches in the business. She is a member of Jackson’s MMA gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is famous for producing top-level MMA talent. She’s been training with Mike Winkeljohn for years, dating back to before she left the sport of boxing to pursue a career in MMA. There are plenty of athletes in her camp who can help her get a firm grasp on the other tools she needs to be dominant anywhere an MMA fight could take her.
Every woman in her weight class should be watching out for Holm. She is still very new to mixed martial arts, but she’s a fighter at heart. She will work just as hard as she did in boxing to become a champion someday, and anyone who gets in her way will find out just how serious she is about becoming the best in the business.