After officially retiring from boxing in May and making a fiery 5-0 transition into Mixed Martial Arts, Holly Holm is putting her undefeated MMA record on the line against Angela Hayes. Holmes has had a very productive 2013, racking up MMA wins against Katie Merrill on February 28th, 2013 at Bellator 91 and Allana Jones on July 19th, 2013 at the Legacy Fighting Championship’s. She now faces Angela Hayes at Havoc in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 6th, 2013.
Angela Hayes may not be undefeated with her 6-6 record but she’s still on a hot streak of her own, winning her last 5 fights. She looks to get above .500 but has not fought since 2011 when she dismantled Trisha Clark at NMEF Annihilation 36 with a guillotine-choke submission.
This looks to be great bout between two very dominate fighters. Hayes, 38, 5’7” and 130 pounds will look to get Holm on the ground where she has won most of her fights. She won 4 of her 6 fights with a Guillotine choke, one with a Bulldog choke, and one by unanimous decision. Meanwhile Holm, 32, 5’8” and 135 pounds, will be focused on staying on her feet as she did as a boxer and kick-boxer. She has won her last 5 fights by either Totally Knocking Out or Knocking Out her opponents.
Against Katie Merrill, Holm was able to mainly stay up, only being taken down once at the end of the 1st round. She was able to win in the second with her vicious rib kicks and knees to the body. She recently told Bas and Kenny of Inside MMA that she has done well in her transition from Boxing to MMA because of the more numerous ways to finish fights, “I feel like there are more ways to be able to finish a fight and capitalize on weak moments.” She also realizes that each fight is going to get harder as she looks to grow as a Mixed Marital Artist, “Towards the end of my boxing career I was ranked #1, #2, constantly, and for World Title fights. I wanna get there again.”