Who can blame her? It seems like Ronda (for better or worse) is all the rage in Women’s MMA these days. She is “the one” to beat and her attitude has only elevated her even higher in the eyes of fighters everywhere as the bullseye to stardom.
But for as much as Ronda makes herself out to be an amazing athlete and icon of the WMMA world (and definitely a shining jewel in the crown the UFC holds so dearly as the most popular MMA promotion on the planet), she really has been, to date, a one trick pony.
Does Holm have a chance? You bet she has. She’s got one of the best stand up games in the world of women’s combat sports. Having been named Ring Magazine’s female fighter of the year twice consecutively (in 2005 and 2006). Holm has also held several welterweight titles, with international acclaim, she has been regarded by many as one of the best female welterweights in the world, and among the best of all time.
While she suffered one brutal loss in her boxing career against French boxer Anne Sophie Mathis. She didn’t let the KO loss keep her down, instead she came back to rematch Mathis taking home the title with a Unanimous Decision win. As an MMA fighter, she definitely hasn’t fallen short from her reputation as a world class boxer. She’s considered by many MMA fans to be a legitimate threat to Ronda Rousey’s throne. Currently signed with Legacy FC, she has an undefeated 6-0 record with all wins coming from KO or TKO and only one by decision. But before she can usurp the Bantam title from Rousey’s waist, she has some decisions to make.
1st. Does she want to make a drop from Welter to Bantamweight?
2nd. Does she want to enter the UFC’s ranks?
Assuming she says yes to the first question then the UFC would be crazy not to give her a chance. That being said, even if she says no to the first the UFC should still strongly consider adding a welterweight division to the Women’s MMA portion of their promotion. If only to make room for a world class champion like Holly Holm. Then we can debate whether Rousey should move up to Welterweight or Holm should drop to Bantam weight. Any way you’d slice that match up it would be a killer fight.
However as much as we may dream when it comes down to contracts there always seem to be a fly in the ointment and this dream is no different. In a recent interview with Sherdog, Holm’s Manager, Lenny Fresquez, revealed their desires for a UFC contract.
“We’re just waiting for them to give us the right opportunity to fight Ronda Rousey because we want a title fight. We want to fight the best UFC fighter. …We’re looking for six figures, and there’s not too many fighters in the UFC that make six figures. Right now, Holly has probably earned more than about 80-percent of the male fighters in the UFC and probably earned more than 98-percent of the female fighters.”
Given the specific demand of being given a shot at a fighter (Rousey) who isn’t even in the same weight class, there is more to this than Dana White saying “yes”. Ronda must agree as well. Assuming it all went according to Holm’s management team’s wishes then we’re pretty sure that she should be well worth the time and investment.
With all the hype around Meisha Tate (as well deserved as it may be), a match between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm would be an absolute barn burner, and we can’t think of a better Main Card to have in 2014. Perhaps even one to mark the one year anniversary of Women’s MMA in the UFC!
As always we welcome your feedback. Do you think Holm has a chance?