#1 boxer Holly Holm Bellator debut Thursday night


Holly Holm, the world's No. 1-rated female boxer with a 32-2-3 record, strings together some of the sport's most inventive punch combinations with the same dexterity she shows when stitching together, say, the burlap table runners she keeps threatening to sell on the craft site, Etsy, but gives away as gifts instead.

The 18-time, three division world champion boxer will now ply her creativity to the cage, where she'll make her third mixed martial arts appearance on tonight's Bellator card (airing on Spike, 10pm/9CT) against Katie Merrill of Brighton, Mass. (1-0-0). The fight will take place at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Rio Rancho, New Mex., a 45- minute drive from Holm's hometown of Bosque Farms.

Holm's Bellator debut in the bantamweight division marks her 36th out of 39 fights to occur within the confines of her home state. The boxer's home-based performances largely explain why a fighter like Ronda Rousey has experienced fame best described as a phenomena while Holm's remains more of an enigma.

Holm, like Rousey, possesses the trinity of marketability for female athletes: bona fides in her sport, universal beauty, and unquestionable intelligence. An argument could be made that Holm could indeed be more marketable than Rousey. While her MMA counterpart is brazen and oftentimes biting in her assertions, Holm is polite and pensive in her analysis -- and more palatable to a general audience still adjusting to the idea of female fighters. Holm also achieves a rarity in the female sportscape: She manages to exude femininity but not sexuality.

Even though Holm might not be recognized widely, she is adored deeply, by both the New Mexico fanbase and its abundant promoters on the Native American reservations around the state who pay her four times as much money as promotions in Las Vegas or California have offered.

"We've tried going other places but they don't want to pay," she says. "There's a big misconception that I won't go anywhere else... A lot of people say, 'Why don't you leave?' And I say, 'Ask yourself this: 'How come they're coming here?' Obviously, they're getting paid or getting an opportunity they didn't have at home. And who would, in any job, leave to make a quarter of what they're going to make [at home]? Who would do that? Who? Nobody."

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HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe site profile image  

3/2/13 10:39 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

The big difference in the gloves is the defensive holes that the small gloves can fit through. Not just that, the smaller gloves opens up these holes in the defence.

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3/2/13 10:36 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

Ufc doesn't have a 3 year matching clause. 36 fucking months is extremely slimy.

Animal Mother site profile image  

3/2/13 10:27 PM by Animal Mother

I thought they did it on fight science and they proved the difference in psi to be negligible.

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3/1/13 10:59 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

I was not impressed, i thought she looked okay against a clearly out matched, out sized, out experienced, out everythingd opponent. She should have demolished her and she costed, even getting takendown a couple times. I think she's much better than she showed.

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3/1/13 10:38 PM by Stainypoo

the problem is if her management in mma is the same as in boxing they'll probably try to pick her opponents (like in boxing) and that shit probably isn't gonna fly in ufc/invicta. Btw she's a hometown hero, outside she isn't known at all. Oh btw here's the real #1 women's boxer in the world calling out holm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViSlWYCSHbs blue please. after holly's last fight it got shown on the big screen and holly's management cut out mathis knocking holly the 'f out.

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3/1/13 7:42 PM by dhughes

Who pissed in your corn flakes? The hell?

liquidrob site profile image  

3/1/13 2:46 PM by liquidrob

Lol @ bellators weasel contract clauses, they use the same model as the UFC

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3/1/13 2:15 PM by Nexuscrawlers

i highly doubt they would hold on to her like that. they never even had a womens tournament at that weight. it is most likely a 1 shot deal or it allows her to fight in other organizations. penty of Bellator's wmma fighters fought in Invicta.

Steve4192 site profile image  

3/1/13 2:05 PM by Steve4192

If she really signed a one-fight deal then it was a brilliant move. But given Bellator's history, I have a sneaking suspicion that they have a cornucopia of weasel clauses in that contract that will make leaving a GIGANTIC headache. Hopefully, her lawyers double checked to make sure all their I's were dotted and T's were crossed, because there aren't any decent women on the Bellator roster in her weight class. She needs to go to Invicta or the UFC if she wants to face quality competition.

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3/1/13 12:43 PM by GladiatorGannon

Probably because Dana loves stealing the top talent from rival promotions. Signing 1 fight deals with Bellator will only raise your stock with the UFC. Just be careful of the options in the contracts you sign.