On Friday night the Texas-based Legacy FC promotion partnered up with Fresquez Productions for the second time to bring the Legacy brand to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event was held at the Route 66 Casino & Hotel and was notable leading up to Friday night for being the first time Fresquez Productions would promote a show without newly signed UFC fighter, Holly Holm. It has been well-known for several years that Holm was the marquee star in our regional circuit and in terms of ticket sales was the top draw in the entire state dating back to her monumental run as a World Champion boxer.
Legacy FC 36 failed to capture the buzz from the local fight crowd as the Legends Theater was definitely not at capacity. Despite the fact that the show featured two title bouts and a very notable fighter in Damacio Page, the absence of Holm was definitely apparent in the event center. I don’t think official reports have surfaced discussing ticket sales but it appeared Friday night that it would be generous to say the arena was 50% filled to capacity.
It is not clear if Albuquerque remains in the plans for Legacy and since nobody truly knows the deal between Legacy and Fresquez, it is impossible at this point to know if fight fans should expect shows to keep coming to Route 66 and Albuquerque in general. Holm’s departure tells a story that New Mexico lacks a major draw and local star and going forward it will be interesting to see what the promotion does to get the buzz around their show in order to really move the needle on ticket sales.
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The highly anticipated and career-changing moment for Holly Holm has come to pass – the Preacher’s Daughter has signed with the UFC. According to Thomas Gerbasi, “The UFC’s women’s bantamweight division got a jolt of significant firepower with the announcement of the signing of unbeaten Holly Holm, one of the hottest prospects in MMA and a former world boxing champion. Long considered the best pound-for-pound female boxer in the world, Albuquerque’s Holm held a 33-2-3 boxing record before moving to MMA in 2011. Unbeaten in seven pro bouts with six wins by knockout the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA product will now look to fight the best in the game in the UFC, with her eventual goal being a shot at champion Ronda Rousey.”
Coming off a 5th round TKO of Juliana Werner and winning her 1st MMA World Title Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm was the center peace of a post Legacy 30 media scrum. Holm talks about the emotional lead up to this possible last fight at home. Holm also talks about how this compares to winning her Boxing world titles and acce her performance from to tonight.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – She gained fame for her boxing, but Holly Holm remained unbeaten and earned her first MMA title on Friday night at Legacy FC 30, breaking down tough Brazilian Juliana Werner over five rounds before taking the promotion’s 135-pound women’s title with a head kick at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque.
Because that would mean she’s looking past Julianna Werner.
When it comes to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), mum’s the word.
As frustrating as it is for mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, that’s the approach top female bantamweight Holly Holm (6-0) is taking ahead of her Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC) headliner against Julianna Werner on April 4, 2014 inside Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Tuesday afternoon the Jackson’s-Winkeljohn’s MMA played host to a media day which featured fighters from the gym that will partake on the April 4th Legacy Fighting Championship 30 card at the Route 66 Casino. At the center of attention as usual was undefeated bantamweight Holly Holm who will be facing Juliana Werner in next Friday’s main event.
Among the much dreaded questions asked to Holm were regarding the highly reported conversations and eventual breaking negotiations that took place March 15th weekend between her promoter Lenny Fresquez, UFC President Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta for the former pound for pound women’s boxing champ to join the top mixed martials arts promotion.
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In the world of professional boxing, Holly Holm (6-0) is an established world champion, twice voted as “Female Fighter of the Year.” With a win over UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Holm could quickly reach a similar level of recognition in MMA.
But is it her time?
Holm fights for Legacy FC’s inaugural women’s bantamweight tile in April at Legacy FC 30. And while Legacy FC has established itself as one of the sport’s top regional promotions, Holm’s impressive MMA run – which features five knockout victories in six appearances – has fans and pundits alike wondering if she’s destined for more.
A press conference to announce the first Legacy Fighting Championship mixed martial arts card to take place in New Mexico was held today inside the Route 66 Casino. We already knew in advance that the featured name scheduled for the Legacy Fighting Championship 30 (LC 30) event would be undefeated WMMA standout Holly Holm (6-0). The April 4th event is billed as a co-promotion venture between Legacy FC and Fresquez Productions which has been home to most of the professional bouts for Holm’s MMA and Boxing career.
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Holly Holm has been nominated in three different categories; Female Fighter of the Year, Fan Favorite Bantamweight and Knockout of the Year by Wombat Sports.
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Holly Holm, quite possibly the second-best women’s bantamweight in the world today, will face Juliana Werner this April for the right to become the first women’s champion in the Legacy Fighting Championship promotion.
According to a report Saturday from Dan Stupp and John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com, Holm (6-0) will fight Werner in Holm’s home town of Albuquerque, N.M.
It would be the first taste of MMA gold for Holm, a former world champion boxer who has taken her new sport by storm in 2013.
The WMMA Press Association is happy to announce their 2013 Award Nominees.
The WMMA press is a gathering of the best journalists in the realm of female fighting. Seven WMMA news sites and eight writers will voting on the winners of this fifth annual event.
Holly Holm is nominated for two awards this year!
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is focused on her upcoming rematch against Miesha Tate scheduled to take place on Dec. 28 in the UFC 168 co-main event. However, when posed with the question of whether or not she would like to one day fight former pro boxing champion and undefeated MMA rising star Holly Holm (6-0), Rousey didn’t miss a beat.
Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (6-0) remains undefeated in her MMA career, after a dominant performance against an MMA veteran with more than twice as many fights, Angela “Hollywood” Hayes (6-7), at Fresquez Productions’ HAVOC, on Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Route 66 Casino Hotel. While some had expressed doubts that Holm could pack out a venue with MMA, the same way she did with her boxing, she laid those doubts to rest, as she walked, or rather bounced out, to her traditional song, with the entire venue of 3000 on their feet, clapping and screaming. Fresquez has expressed difficulty finding opponents willing to face Holm, the best pound-for-pound female boxer in the world, who retired from the sport of boxing in May of this year, to focus solely on her new career path in MMA. However, they found a game opponent in Hayes, who brought not just experience, but also a versatile set of skills, including a ground game which could threaten the undefeated record of Holm.
Holm dominated the fight, pushing a relentless pace for all three rounds, giving Hayes little opportunity to land shots and even less chance for takedowns. Holm began and ended most exchanges, countering Hayes’ counters, showing off straight push-kicks to the chest and multiple head and body kicks; she displayed as great a proficiency in kickboxing as in boxing, her legs and knees just as vicious and accurate as her hands. While many were concerned that Holm would be susceptible to the submission skills of Hayes, Holm displayed a robust game plan, stuffing takedowns and staying away from the ground for most of the fight. However, in the final round, Holm surprised many with a takedown to full mount, where she struggled to posture up, but finally was able to lean back and attack the head and body of Hayes. Hayes was eventually able to twist out of the dangerous position, grabbing one of Holm’s legs, but Holm twisted away, punishing Hayes with another combo on the way up, and finishing the round and the fight with yet another double to takedown in the final seconds. Holm followed up her win as with every other, performing a back-flip to the delight of the crowd, then taking a moment to give credit to her opponent and talk about the fight, “She was really good in the clinch, and she made it hard for me to tee off on her on the ground. That’s the first time I’ve been in that position in a fight, so now I know what I want to work on.” Regarding the rumors and talk of Holm in the UFC, she had this to say, “I want to take whatever opportunity is best for me right now. Legacy is giving me great opportunities right now.” However, Holm’s contract with Legacy has an open door clause to the UFC, and the general consensus is that we may very well see Holm in the Octagon in 2014.
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MMA fighter, Holly Holm announced Wednesday at her presser for her Friday night fight that she has signed a major sponsorship deal with RES (Ready Every Second). She is excited about this sponsorship and takes it very seriously.
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