After a long, circuitous path to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), former female professional boxing sensation,, made her Octagon debut tonight (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) against in the co-main event inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
It was worth the wait.
Holm, who was noticeably nervous during the in-ring announcements, came out in a low stance, firing a left hand that missed. Pennington soon closed the distance, but Holm was able to break free.
Holm missed with a Superman punch, giving
Holm landed two left hands to the body, and a few to the chin, while
Third and final frame, Pennington seemingly needs a finish to score the upset. And she begins with a nice leg kick and follow-up combination. Holm landed a solid right hook that snapped
Holm threw another head kick, but once again,
Holm fired off several kicks to keep Pennington at bay as she swarmed for a possible finish. But, she couldn't get it. Too little, too late, as Holm secured a split decision victory and possible setting up a No. 1 contender eliminator match -- or even a title shot -- in her next appearance.
First-time Octagon jitters conquered.
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