She is a “preacher’s kid” who beats people for a living. Meet Holly Holm, a Mixed Martial Artist; Ultimate Fighting Championship Fighter, pro boxer and kickboxer who is best known for winning the coveted mixed Martial Art’s bantamweight title where she defeated fellow title contender Ronda Rousey.
Holly Holm’s Bio
Holly Rene Holm-Kirkpatrick formerly Holly Rene Holm is the youngest of 3 children (Brian and Weston Holm elder brothers) born to Roger and Tammy Holm. Her father was a Church of Christ preacher while her mother was a massage therapist. She was born on the 17th Day of October 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico but she grew up in Bosque Farms. Holly is primarily of Irish descent.
Like most other kids of that time and still till now, Holly played soccer and participated in gymnastics, swimming and diving while growing up. She was quite good in each of these sports and enjoyed herself as an athletic student.
She was enrolled at Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she graduated in the year 2000. Holly proceeded to the University of New Mexico and studied there briefly for one year.
Before college, Holly had started taking interest in the fighting sports and was actively training in kickboxing as an amateur. During this time, Mike Winkeljohn discovered the talent and determination in her and decided to train her to become a professional kickboxer.
Mike’s tutelage paid off soon enough as Holly won her first championship in 2001 at the International Rules Adult Women’s Welterweight Division at the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) USA National Amateur Championship Tournament, held in Kansas City, Missouri. In the competition, she fought two bouts which she won with a technical knockout of 34 seconds in the first round of the first bout and the second wining was by a unanimous decision. The victories ended her venture in the amateur category of kickboxing, having fought in several other competitions with a record of 6-0-2 which was quite impressive.
Her professional career has seen many victories come the way of the “preachers kid.” From kickboxing to boxing, she was been named the “Ring Magazine Female Fighter of the Year” for 2005 and 2006.
Holly was the welterweight champion in June 2008. She was the champion of the world in different weight categories for 18 undisputed times and is recognized in New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame, having been named the boxer of the year for 5 times consecutively.
Family and Husband,
The left-handed puncher got married to her only known boyfriend and now husband, Keff Kirkpatrick, in Cancun, 2012. Keff also attended the same university with Holly and even graduated with a degree in accounting and finance. He works profitably with an auction firm and loves his wife for what she does. Fight!
Keff is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and runs a roofing company in Albuquerque together with his sister. So, we can confidently say he is a well to do man.
A lot of people who have seen the family over the years attests that Holly is actually a quiet person contrary to what one might easily envisage about her being a ferocious fighter in the ring. She is a woman after all and probably can tell the difference between a home and a fighting ring, unlike most other women who wouldn’t.
The family is yet t have any kid/s and Holly has been very much active in the fighting sports. So, we can say for certain they probably haven’t decided to make a baby yet.
Holly Holm’s Net Worth
She has fought many big names in the ring and has become a big name herself but her exact net worth is not known. However, from different sources which calculated her net worth, It is estimated to be above $1.7 million. As she continues to fight and win matches, this figure will keep on rising.
Height, Weight and Body Measurements
Being an athlete and fighter for that matter, you wouldn’t expect Holly to have soft looking body structure. She is obviously muscular but moderate enough to still convince you she is a woman, especially when she takes down her opponents in the most ferocious attacks.
- Holly Holm has a blonde hair colour with blue eyes.
- Body measurement is 36-27-35
- Height of 5 feet 8 inches
- Body weight is regulated at 135 pounds or 61kg
- Dress and shoe size: US size 8