Holly Holm’s fight against Ronda Rousey in November, 2015 may go down as one of the biggest and most monumental moments in women’s UFC history. Holm defeated the former kingpin with a brutal knockout in the second round after completely breaking Rousey in the first. But the champion doesn’t want to be remembered for just that single moment in the past. This weekend at UFC 208, the former women’s bantamweight champ will be looking to make history once again.
In the first women’s featherweight bout in the UFC, Holm will face Germaine de Randamie for the title of featherweight champion. Previously, there was less opportunity for women in the UFC due to their limited number of weight classes. The addition of the featherweight division shows forward progress for not only the UFC, but for women’s MMA everywhere.
This fight isn’t just important to Holm because of the chance to become the women’s featherweight champion. It is important because Holm now has the chance to join a very elite group of fighters in UFC history. If Holm is to win this weekend, she would join BJ Penn, Randy Couture, and Conor McGregor as the only fighters to win the belt in two divisions.
After snagging the belt from Rousey to become the bantamweight champion, she had a 10-0 undefeated record. However, just eight months later she found herself dropping to 10-2. In her first title defense, she lost with just two minutes left in the 25-minute fight. Miesha Tate was able to submit her with a rear-naked choke to finally claim the title on her third attempt. After losing to Tate in March, Holm faced Valentina Shevchenko in July, where she was handed another loss after a back-and-forth battle that went the distance.
This weekend, Holm will be looking for a win that will cement her legacy as a top-notch fighter. De Randamie is no easy feat, and will certainly pose a challenge. At 6-3, de Randamie is coming into the octagon off of a two-fight win streak. Whoever wins this battle will hold a special place in MMA history, but there is way more on the line for Holm. Not only will she lose out on the opportunity to make more of a name for herself besides “the one who beat Rousey”, she could potentially drop to 10-3. If she has a third loss in a row, she could face being cut by the UFC.
The fight takes place tonight on pay-per view beginning at 10 p.m. ET. No matter the outcome, it will be a historic night for MMA. Not long ago, Dana White had made it known that he didn’t think the world was ready to see women battle in the octagon. Now, on a card headlined by women, Holm has the chance to do what only three other fighters have done in history. Holm, the former 10-time World Boxing Champion will be taking on de Randamie, a formerly undefeated Muay Thai fighter in a battle that will certainly have sparks.