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Holm Benched Until 2019 Following Knee Surgery

With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes booked to fight reigning 145-pound titleholder Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 in December, there was no really reason for Holly Holm to hang around.

That’s why “The Preacher’s Daughter” opted for knee surgery to repair a wonky meniscus, according to a report from ESPN, which also indicates Holm will set her sights on “Lioness” when she returns in early 2019.

After shocking the world with her UFC 193 knockout win over Ronda Rousey, which won her the 135-pound strap, Holm (12-4) struggled to stay consistent. The former pugilist is just 2-4 over her last six, split between the bantamweight and featherweight divisions.

While her UFC 225 win over Megan Anderson was probably not enough to get her yet another title shot, the women’s 135-pound weight class is starved for contenders, which is why Holm remains ranked No. 1 in the division.

See you in 2019.

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Watch The Most Violent Head Kick KO In WMMA Since Holm Vs. Rousey

Jenni Kivioja scored the huge KO kick en route to winning silver in a three day 8-woman tournament.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) just held its 2018 Senior European Championships in Bucharest, Romania over the week and the amateur tournament event featured one of the meanest kicks to the face since Holly Holm dethroned Ronda Rousey in 2016.

Finland’s Jenni Kivioja caught Sweden’s Jessica Forslund Reis with the fight stopping headkick at 2:38 of the first round in their women’s featherweight fight. Watch it now:

The fight was Kivioja’s first of three in as many days. She’d go on to beat Italy’s Fabiana Giampa on the scorecards in the semis before losing in the finals via decision to Germany’s Julia Dorney. That landed Kivioja a silver medal in her weightclass and a highlight that will live on forever.

A quick explanation on why Kivioja was fighting so often: the IMMAF dubs itself “the global governing body for amateur MMA, working for Olympic recognition” so their events are structured to simulate what Olympic MMA could look like. In this case, that’s fourteen weight classes worth of 8-fighter tournaments contested over three consecutive days of fighting.

Who knows how big of a role the IMMAF could play in MMA’s inclusion in the Olympics (if it ever happens at all). But it’s pretty cool that this massive amateur tournament worked out without half the competitors getting injured after day one.

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Holly Holm on Potential Matchup with ‘Very Tough’ Amanda Nunes: ‘Every Fighter Can Be Beat’

Holly Holm has carved out a spot as a contender at both bantamweight and featherweight during her Ultimate Fighting Championship tenure.
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Holly Holm, Megan Anderson to Meet in Featherweight Tilt at UFC 225

A featherweight clash with title implications will go down in the Windy City when Holly Holm squares off against Megan Anderson at UFC 225.
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Holly Holm Ain’t Retiring, So Stop Asking

You know who isn’t considering retiring? Holly Holm.

I mean, why would she? She only lost four out of her last six fights. And couldn’t win the UFC’s new female featherweight title in two tries. And lost the bantamweight title in her first fight as champ by getting choked unconscious by Miesha Tate.

Still, being the first to knock out Ronda Rousey, and then two years knocking out Bethe Correia, buys you a lot of leeway in a pair of female divisions with very little top talent.

At UFC 219, Holm gave champ Cris Cyborg a hell of a fight, but ultimately lost a clear-cut decision. Here’s she is talking to Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” about the future.

“Why wouldn’t I want to return when I just gave her the toughest fight in weight class that is a heavier weight class from where I usually fight against the biggest person?” Holm asked. “I was the one who gave her her toughest fight so I don’t really understand the retirement, you know, people think should you retire maybe it’s just because of the way that, you know how those four fights have gone.”

“I know I’m still competitive, have a lot of capabilities if I want to do it. I definitely don’t have the, obviously every year gets a little bit more, maybe I can kind of coming closer. I’m 36, I’ll be 37 next year, I still feel like I’m strong and in competitive shape. I don’t feel 36. I feel competitive and I feel strong feel and I feel can really do well, so I’m keep going to keep going with it.”

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UFC 219 Results: Cris Cyborg Solves Holly Holm Riddle, Retains Belt

As a main event meant to put a big exclamation point on 2017, UFC 219’s Cris Cyborg versus Holly Holm certainly looked good on paper. The dominant champ against the only striker in the entire division capable of standing with her? Sure, give me some. Thankfully, over the course of five rounds, the fight delivered […]

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UFC 219 Results: Cris Cyborg Solves Holly Holm Riddle, Retains Belt

As a main event meant to put a big exclamation point on 2017, UFC 219’s Cris Cyborg versus Holly Holm certainly looked good on paper. The dominant champ against the only striker in the entire division capable of standing with her? Sure, give me some. Thankfully, over the course of five rounds, the fight delivered […]

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UFC 219 Results: Cris Cyborg Solves Holly Holm Riddle, Retains Belt

As a main event meant to put a big exclamation point on 2017, UFC 219’s Cris Cyborg versus Holly Holm certainly looked good on paper. The dominant champ against the only striker in the entire division capable of standing with her? Sure, give me some. Thankfully, over the course of five rounds, the fight delivered […]

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UFC 219 results: Next matches to make for ‘Cyborg vs Holm’ main card winners

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Dec. 30, 2017) for UFC 219, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the main event of the evening, Cris Cyborg defeated Holly Holm after five intense rounds to hold on to her women’s Featherweight title in a highly-entertaining title fight (see it again here). In the co-main event, Khaib Nurmagomedov smothered Edson Barboza for five rounds to stake his claim as the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division (highlights).

Winner: Cris Cyborg

Who She Should Fight Next: Megan Anderson

Cris and Anderson were all set to throw down this past summer at UFC 214 before personal issues forced the Invicta FC Featherweight champion out of the title fight. Megan’s hasn’t competed since then, so it only makes sense to have Cris’s next title defense come against her. I mean, it’s not like the 145-pound weight class is filled with contenders at the moment. The bout will without a doubt pit the two best female 145-pound fighters in the world, so at the end of the day it’s a no-brainer.

Winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Who He Should Fight Next: Tony Ferguson

Conor McGregor is not walking through that door. At least not until next summer. Then again, I still wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening, as “Notorious” can and will do whatever he wants, so if he chooses to extended his hiatus even more, Ferguson’s best option is to face Khabib in an interim title fight. It’s probably not the sexy fight “El Cucuy” wants, but if he wants to get paid, taking on “The Eagle” is his best bet. And who knows, should Conor decided to not return when Dana White predicted, then the promotion could very well strip him of the strap — which they should done a long time ago — and crown Ferguson the real champion, making Khabib vs Ferguson for the real strap.

Winner: Dan Hooker

Who He Should Fight Next: James Vick

Hooker looked impressive in his third-round submission win over Marc Diakiese, and he is on the verge of breaking into the top 15. Before he gets there, he will need to acquire one or two more impressive wins. That’s why I’d like to see him face off against No. 15 ranked James Vick. James has been on a roll as of late, too, winning three in a row including his most previous win against Joseph Duffy at UFC 217. It may be hard to convince Vick to take the fight, as he will likely want a ranked for next, but I really like this fight.

Winner: Carla Esparza

Who She Should Fight Next: Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Calvillo is without a doubt the real deal. But after suffering a loss to former women’s Strawweight champion Carla Esparza, the Team Alpha Male-trained fighter is forced to start from scratch. For Esparza, though, the win is a huge step in her march to reclaiming her title. Up next for “Cookie Monster” should be a fight against former title contender Karoline Kowalkiewicz. Karolina got back on the winning track after dropping two straight by taking out Jodie Esquibel in her previous outing. A matchup between these two ladies will clear up the title picture, though they victor will likely have to wait a bit for a championship fight, as Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres are set to tango in a few months in a bout that will produce the next title contender. After Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of course.

Winner: Neil Magny

Who He Should Fight Next: Jorge Masvidal

Magny got back on the winning track by absolutely dominating former interim 170-pound champion Carlos Condit. Up next, I’d love to see Neil face off against “Gamebred.” Masvidal came up short in his previous two bouts, I get it, but the fight still makes sense rankings wise. Jorge is six spots ahead of Condit, so Neil getting a win over Masvidal will surely put him into the top 10 in a very crowded division. Plus, both men like to stand-and-bang, so the fight will be an all-out brawl and treat for fans.

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UFC 219 Bonuses: ‘Cyborg,’ Holm, Nurmagomedov, Elliott Receive $50K Checks

It was a longer night at the office than normal for Cristiane Justino, but the Brazilian was her usual dominant self at UFC 219.


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