While the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has quickly become the home for Women's mixed martial arts (MMA), there is one fighter that remains outside of the promotion's female bantamweight division that could challenge UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. That woman is former boxing world champion, Holly Holm.
"The Preacher's Daughter" has spent the majority of her fight career competing inside the Land of Enchantment. A longtime student of Mike Winklejohn, Holm made her professional boxing debut in 2002. In 38 fights, she had her hand raised a 33 times.
That success not only led her to twice being named by The Ring magazine as the "Female Fighter of the Year," but also drove her to test her mettle within the confines of the Legacy Fighting Championship cage. Twice she's competed for the Texas-based promotion and twice she's won in spectacular fashion.
While her manager has been unsuccessful in landing her a contract with the UFC, he has done a great job at building her name outside of the promotion. MMAJunkie.com has confirmed with Legacy President Mick Maynard that Holm will face Juliana Werner for the inaugural Legacy FC Women's Bantamweight title in 2014.
Like Holm, Werner also had a successful stand up career before joining the ever growing legion of women who compete in MMA. She amassed an impressive 24-3 record in kickboxing and held multiple titles in Brazil and South America.
There is no date set for the bout, but one thing is for certain: Holm's road to the Octagon begins with Werner.