Having won multiple titles across various weight classes in boxing and amassing a 30–1–3 record, big things were expected from Holly Holm when she entered MMA in 2011, but not all of the expectations were coming from other people.
New Blood: Holly Holm
“I have expectations on myself,” says Holm. “Why would I be doing MMA if I didn’t want to be as successful at it as I have been in boxing? People expect a great performance from me, so there is a little bit of pressure, but I like it. It makes me want to meet those expectations.”
So far, Holm has not disappointed, having won her first two bouts in impressive fashion, including stopping veteran Jan Finney with a body kick in the third round of their fight in September. Holm is as adept at throwing kicks as she is punches, having trained kickboxing in the past.
“The only thing that’s new to me is the ground game,” says Holms. “I’ve been around, and it makes sense to me. I’m not great at it, but I think I’m able to get the concept of it and keep learning and getting better.”
While some fighters may dabble professionally in multiple disciplines, it’s rare for someone to maintain a consistent output in two combat sports, but Holm intends to maintain her boxing and MMA careers at the same time.
“I want to take the road that no one else has taken,” she says. “I don’t want to do it just to kind of try it out. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have started MMA in the first place. I want to be able to do both and be the best at both. It’s totally possible — it’s hard, but it’s totally possible. I want to be the first person to do that. I’m not going to fight forever, so I want to make sure that I make the most of it. I don’t want to retire and look back and think that I didn’t take the challenges that I should have. I want to look back and think that I’m glad I did it. If I have the opportunities to take the big fights and get the push, I’m going to do it.”