Holly Holm Gets Ronda Rousey’s Endorsement: She’d Love To Fight Her

Posted on December 19, 2013, 05:01 PM by Brian Cox
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Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm is 32 years old, 5’8” tall and weighs 135 pounds. She is a world class boxer and has held a number of different titles, most recently defending her IBA Female & WBF female light welterweight titles in May of this year.

However and beginning in March of 2011, Holm also began competing in WMMA and as such, has managed to go 6 & 0 over her first half-dozen matches; stopping every opponent but one, by way of T/KO; 83% finishing rate.

Holm last tested her mixed martial arts skills on December 6th as against Angela Hayes, and culled her first unanimous decision victory for her efforts. Post the fight her manager and the event’s promoter, Larry Fresquez, made it be known that his fighter would like to move to the UFC, but that they’re looking at a six figure offer to sign with the brand.

Fresquez went on to say that Holm was of marquee value, a franchise fighter and that there were “but maybe five girls” in the UFC that could “give Holly competition.” Further, he stated that his fighter would “represent the face of the UFC better than Ronda Rousey”; bold words indeed for an MMA fighter who’s never beaten anyone of any significance or ever held an MMA title.

To the statements, fans greeted much of it with boos and cat-calls. The prevailing mood seemed to be that Holm’s manager was seeking a price too high, and that like Tito Ortiz and his fighter Cyborg Santos, they’ll be left to fight in lesser promotions as a result of their negotiating stance. In essence, that fighters, particularly unproven ones (by UFC test), don’t negotiate with the promotion they simply accept what deal they are offered, by it.

Of course, there’s the other school of thought by which many fans thought Fresquez’s posture a wise one. That it got his fighter’s name out there and created some buzz, and perhaps even stirred a little controversy. In a nutshell, that what Fresquez did was nothing but promotion and that’s his job. Certainly, that type of strategy has worked well for fighters like Chael Sonnen.

However and to the point directly, agree or disagree with Fresquez’s style, it appears that it may be working.

Without addressing or referring to Fresquez’s remarks in any way or making any particular note as to why, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey gave Holm and her case for being signed by the promotion a big leg up yesterday, when she stated that she’d “love to fight Holly Holm.”   

In a telephone interview with an unknown reporter, as captured by Fighthub TV, “Rowdy” was asked to list the fighters that stand out the most to her. To that, Rousey named Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano, Sara McMann & Alexis Davis.

In follow up, she was asked about Holy Holm and whether or not she’d be interested in fighting her one day. To that, Rousey actually seemed to get excited.

As the champ put it:

“I’d love (voice goes up) to fight Holly Holm. I would absolutely love to fight Holly Holm. I really hope that the UFC picks her up and that I get to fighter her before I retire.”

To that, fans are apt to say “great” and begin to call for Rousey to get her way, caring not whether or not the promotion has to ante up more than the standard fare in order to make it happen. As any division can be strengthened, so too can the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division benefit from the addition of a world class boxer, the likes of Holly Holm. And where she might not be champ immediately, she’d certainly be a tough go for every fighter in the class.

As such, the UFC should sign her and if they have to pay her more, then so be it. And given the fact that the brand has just spent revenue acquiring eleven un-known strawweight fighters, all in an effort to jumpstart a new 115 pound division, they should have no qualms in spending a 100K to sign Holly Holm and improving the one women’s division they have now.

Either way, it appears that the champ not only wants to fighter, but would welcome the challenge that Holm would bring to the Octagon.  


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  • IGMBurninPiff
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    Ofcourse she'd love to fight a boxer. People don't realize the gap between Rousey and the rest. Being a Judo Medalist gives her the edge in every fight. She will be able to take down any woman any time. With her grappling being far superior to any we've seen she'll either be able to win by armbar every time or easy decisions. Striking vs Grappling only works if you can atleast stay up. Some male fighters can stay up even with less grappling experience based on strength alone. No female fighter is going to be so much stronger physically than Rousey that they can stop her perfected takedowns, throws, and trips. She's just a whole different Beast for womens MMA

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  • watermelon fresh
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    GEEEZ Rhonda - Put some makeup on before doing interviews!!!!! I thought commander cobra was being interviewed!!!

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  • Entity
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    lol, I concur

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  • Angeles0
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    Cyborg would DESTROY rousey, Cyborg would break rousey's will early on over powering her like no other woman can, stoping the takedowns with ease ,embarrassing her with the stand-up, Cyborg is just and all around better MMA fighter, Rousey stand up is so terrible, yea she looks good hitting pads but the moment she gets in the cage with somebody stronger then her she cant take down, she will be exposed and Finished, that person being Cyborg,Rousey is a one trick pony, i dont see why it's not extremely easy for MMA fans to see that Cyborg would destroy this women! if anybody disagrees please say id like to understand the thought of her beating cyborg.

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  • 51JD51
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    How on earth could u be so confident in that? Cyborg hasn't faced someone with the take downs Rousey brings and you haven't seen Rousey box at all. Tate is over hyping her out striking in that first fight and that was almost two years ago. Rousey trains with the best boxers in mma in the Diaz brothers. She's absolutely insane and obsessed in her desire to win and I'm sure her striking is leaps and bounds better than that. You have no evidence to say her will can be broken that easily. This chick is a 2x olympian and olympic medalist in a combat sport I'm sure she's faced adversity before. I'd expect Rousey to react like Jones did against Gustafson if she's tested like that.

    Who wins that fight? I don't know, it's a damn good fight but writing off Rousey makes absolutely no sense.

    That's my internet rant for the night.

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  • Entity
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    She's already talking about "retiring" WTF? I hope she's able to finish with something besides an armbar before she does.

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  • Entity
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    Her voice even makes me cringe now. I could ignore Rouset threads, but I enjoy bashing her from time to time.

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  • Brian Cox
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    It is a little bizarre, isn't it. She's 26, had one fight in the UFC and she's talking about retiring.

    More to the point, her UFC title was conveyed upon her; she did not earn it in the promotion. Subsequent to that, it can be argued that her upcoming fight with Tate can be considered her first title defense, as it should be. IMO, she won the belt against Liz Carmouche, in an inaugural challenge match and nothing more. My guess is Tate will stand a better opponent in their rematch of Rousey seizing her Strikeforce belt.

    To the end, she's talking about retirement and her glory far too early and based of far too little evidence. As you point out, win something by other than armbar. If she's that great, keep it on the feet and T/KO someone; Joseph Benavidez, I don't care, just someone.

    Beyond that defend your title nine or ten times and yeah...she's the best, but other than that, I think he ego is ahead of her record. Not saying she won't pull it all of, but she needs more substance to her than the one win she has over Liz Carmouche. Sorry, the rhetoric doesn't reflect the record.

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  • watermelon fresh
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    Love Brian's rants. He's right!!!

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  • Drago
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    Rousey, Jones and GSP - they have money, they are still relatively young and they are already thinking on retiring (GSP being older ofc...). And people give **** to Anderson, whos been fighting since PRIDE days, since almost day one... Anderson and Fedor are really the best EVER with no one else being close. This are real warrios and mixed martial artists, the 3 I mentioned only see MMA as a job and cant wait to retire...

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  • movescamp
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    Some people removed from the sport or only watch it on T.V. May not understand Ronda Rousey. She is light years beyond any of the woman in mma right now. Cyborg should drop down if she's so tough. Ronda has been competing at the highest level for about 18 years. So she can retire whenever she wants. You have to realize she never had a childhood. Was on the Olympic development team by grade school. She will destroy Tate again. She would destroy cyborg too. She has been in a rigid training routine since 8 years old. Sorry Brian your observation is just plain wrong.

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  • Entity
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    You think.

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  • movescamp
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    If Jordan Burroughs entered mma he would prob dominate within a a couple years transition too. Ronda is part of an elite group of athletes. You don't have to respect her but you have to respect her pedigree.

    Reply 4 months ago