It was revealed on Tuesday that the former boxing champion will face Angela Hayes on Dec. 6 in Albuquerque, NM. The announcement comes just a few days after Holm knocked out Nikki Knudsen in the second round at Legacy Fighting Championship 24 in Dallas.
"It's been a really fun year for me, but it's been a busy year," Holm said. "For some reason, I'm actually still really into training-so that's a good thing. I'm really excited about MMA. It sparked a new interest for me and sparked a new fire for me. Hopefully we'll just keep building."
Holm, who trains at Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts, certainly has kept herself busy. In February, she knocked out Katie Merrill at Bellator 91. Then in May, she wrapped up her boxing career with the unanimous decision victory over Mary McGee.
Following her boxing retirement, she signed a four fight deal with Legacy Fighting Championship. From there she continued to roll, scoring a head kick KO against Allanna Jones in July. With her most recent win, she has improved her MMA record to 5-0.
Hayes, 40, brings more experience to the table than most of Holm's previous opponents, but has not competed since Nov. 18, 2011. With a 6-6 record, she has won five of her last six matches, with five of those victories coming by way of tapout.
"I definitely give it to her that she is a boxer that can actually throw decent kicks," Hayes said. "You don't find a lot of boxers that do that. I think that's great; I want to stand up and bang with her. I'm not really a ground person. I'm all about standing up and banging. I appreciate the kicks and I'll look out for them, but I've got some pretty good kicks myself."
Provided Holm gets by Hayes, she apparently has her eyes on competing for a title in the early part of next year. For which promotion she intends to do that, remains to be seen. However, she is confident that when the time comes, she will be able to make an impact in the UFC according to her promoter/manager Lenny Fresquez.
"Holm is not the normal UFC fighter. She's already better than most of their UFC fighters," Fresquez said. "They are looking for the fans to warm up to Holly, but I'm introducing her to the world. She's already known to the world."
Mike Winklejohn, Holly's trainer, shares similar optimism, but perhaps at a slower pace.
"Maybe by the third quarter of 2014 [she'll be ready for the UFC]. Two or three more fights to build Holly and put her in the right position with the right opponents. It's hard to find her and opponent," Winklejohn said. "We are building her and we're trying to make her better at what she does. Right now, I'm confident she can walk through most of what the UFC has, but were not ready for the top ones yet."
There's certainly a lot of discussion on how a boxer of her caliber would fair against top girls who have competed in MMA for much longer. If she continues to steamroll her competition like she has to this point, it won't take long before we find out. Already she is being mentioned as a future opponent of the current top female, Ronda Rousey.