A flawless career in mixed martial arts has earned Holly Holm a shot at the UFC title against bantamweight superstar Ronda Rousey, but that doesn’t mean Holm has never experienced a defeat as a fighter.
Months after making a successful transition from boxing to MMA with a pair of TKO victories in 2011, Holm took on Anne Sophie Mathis for the vacant International Boxing Association female welterweight title. Carrying a 30-1-3 boxing record into the bout, Holm was beat up and brutally knocked out by Mathis.
“I expected nothing. I was just facing the best one singular mission: victory,” Mathis told MMAFighting.com of her first fight with Holm in 2011.
Holm was a big star in boxing, and finishing her in devastating fashion in the seventh round brought some attention to Mathis. She earned a shot at WBA, WBO and WBC welterweight champion Cecilia Breakhus, but had to enter the ring to give Holm a rematch first.
“The initial contract stated if I won there had to be a rematch in the same location,” said Mathis. “The two fights were local for her, and I didn’t have a choice other than to accept because we didn’t have the means to get her ….View original article
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