Holly Holm is an American mixed martial artist, who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is best known as the former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. Holm is the daughter of Roger Holm, a Church of Christ preacher as a fighter and Tammy, a massage therapist. Holly graduated from the University of New Mexico. She is ranked the #4 female bantamweight contender by the ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship’, as well as the #2 fighter by ‘Sherdog’ on 28th July 2016. Outside of MMA, she appears in the 2016 feature film Fight Valley
Holly Holm married Jeff Kirkpatrick, the Fleet/Lease Manager for 'ADESA Auctions' as well as the Vice President of Operations for AAA Roofing corporation since 27th April 2012. In September 2001, Holm won the championship title in the International Rules Adult Women's Welterweight Division at the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) USA National Amateur Championship Tournament, held in Kansas City, Missouri.
Early Life of Holly Holm
The former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion ‘Holly Rene Holm-Kirkpatrick’ was born on October 17, 1981. She is popularly known as ‘Holly Holm’ in a boxing world.
Holly is the youngest child of her parents, her father (Roger) is a preacher at church and mother (Tammy) is a massage therapist. Holm is a Christian and her faith background is in ‘Churches of Christ’.
Holly Holm belongs to the Mexico City where she grew up with her two siblings. She is interested in gymnastics, swimming, and driving. Similarly, she played soccer too.
In 2000, she graduated from ‘Manzano High School’ but before that she faced the divorce of her parents. Later, she joined ‘University of New Mexico’ for her further studies.
Holly Holm's Career
Holly Holm started her boxing and kickboxing career through aerobics. In 2001, she succeeded to win the title of ‘International Rules Adult Women’s Welterweight Division’ organized by ‘IKF USA National Amateur Championship Tournament’.
Holly Holm is known as one of the best female welterweights in the world. Despite that, Ring Magazine named her female fighter of the year, twice in consecutive years in 2005 and 2006.
In June 2008, she became the undisputed welterweight champion and holder of the belt from 140 to 154. On IBF female and WBAN welterweight which were organized in 2011, she was badly beaten by her opponent party (Anne Sophie Mathis) and loses the game.
However, in 2012 she got back with more enthusiasm and more energy and as a result, she got victory over Mathis as well as she became the new champion avenging her earlier loss.
Mixed Martial Arts
Holly Holm started her mixed martial arts career on March 4, 2011, with a match against Christina Domke. After that, she participated in several competitions and league where she proved herself every time.
Holm’s most notable victory in mixed martial arts occurred at UFC 193 in Melbourne. 5 ft 8 inches tall Holly is the first person to win championships in both boxings and mixed martial arts. She appeared in the 2016 feature film ‘Fight valley’. Her fans were crazy about her fighting style. She is better known for her punching combinations.
Holly Holm's Net worth
The 35-year-old professional fighter is one of the highest paid female fighters with the total net worth of $2 million dollars. Despite the fighting, she has also invested in Real Estate Company to with her father.
Holly Holm's Personal Life
Holly Holm is a married woman. She tied a knot with Jeff Kirkpatrick in 2012 at an intimate ceremony in the presence of their closed ones and family members in Cancun. Her husband is the vice president at his family business, AAA Roofing Co. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Holm is very close with her parents and brother. Her father is very supportive of her; he never misses any matches of her.