One of the many casualties of the injury-plagued year that the UFC has endured was Holly Holm.
Transitioning from the world of boxing, where she held several world titles and a 33-2-3 overall record, Holm was one of MMA’s hottest prospects when her UFC debut was announced. But an injury to her neck forced her off the UFC 181 card. This came after a broken arm had sidelined her for most of the year.
Now, sources have Holm, who has amassed a 7-0 MMA record, finally ready to return to action at February’s UFC 184 event in Los Angeles.
Per sources quoted by MMA Junkie and others, Holm will face Raquel Pennington, who was to be her original opponent for her UFC debut.
Pennington, pictured above, can’t boast as glamorous an MMA record as Holm: she’s 5-4 as a professional, including a 3-2 record in the UFC. But she’s faced a high quality of opposition and will enter the Octagon with some momentum. When Holm was forced to withdraw from UFC 181, Pennington faced Ashlee Evans-Smith at the event. Pennington would win impressively, scoring a first-round submission.
UFC 184 is headlined by Chris Weidman’s defense of the UFC Middleweight Championship against former Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey will face Cat Zingano, an old opponent of Pennington, in the co-main event.