Holly Holm is a mixed martial artist who doesn’t have an issue obtaining fans. With her blonde hair, her 5’8 insanely fit figure and ability to knock girls out, Holly has become a house hold name with a large following inside of the MMA community. It also helps that her Father, Roger, is a preacher at the Church of Christ which ultimately earned Holly the ‘Preachers Daughter‘ nickname. Sprinkle in a little Irish heritage and it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t approve of her. Lets take a look at the beginning.
Holly Holm is a New Mexico native, having been born in Albuquerque she was destined to become a member of one of the most prestigious MMA gyms in the country – Jackson Wink MMA Academy. But before her MMA career took off, Holly Holm lived and grew up in Bosque Farms, NM – which is about 30 minutes outside of Albuquerque. The home that her family lived in was owned by the Church that her father preached at. As a child and teenager, Holly was very active and spent most of her time either in gymnastics, soccer, swimming or even diving. Holm attended Manzano High School from 1997-2000 and after graduation, she did attend college for a year at the University of New Mexico before she began training full time as a fighter. Initially, it would be Mike Winkejohn who would recognize Holly’s potential as a kick boxer in 2001 after noticing her impeccable footwork while coaching her in Gymnastics.
“She’s got that instinct,” Mike Winklejon said of Holm. “I wish I could bottle what she has and sell it.”
Holly has kept a close relationship with both of her parents. Most notably, her father, Roger Holm has attended every one of his daughter’s fights and has even spent years assisting Holly in her corner during Boxing bouts. They both have their real estate license, even though Holly earned hers around 2010, it’s more of a fall back plan than anything. It was a smart move, especially not being able to predict the amount of success she would have inside of the UFC. Holly’s Mother, Tammy is a massage therapist and has been very supportive of her Daughters combat sport related career. Upon her and Roger Holms divorce back in 2000, Holly has done her best seeing her parents and older brothers.
Things you probably don’t know about the former Bantam weight champion is that shes an avid baker. Her Mother, Tammy, taught her to make food from scratch. Whether its pie crust or cookies or frosting – Holly prefers everything freshly made. The former Champ also has a niche for making duffle bags. She picks up the fabric and will spend hours sewing everything together for her friends. Holly also lives with two cats – Buster and Frenchie – along with her Husband – Jeff Kirkpatrick. The Irish couple were wed back in 2012 in Cancun, Mexico and currently reside in Albuqurque, New Mexico. Holly’s choice of music is classic rock, and she believes to always lend your heart to a friend in need – a lesson her parents taught her from a very early age. Perhaps being the ‘Preachers Daughter’ isn’t such a bad thing.
You can watch Holly Holm’s next fight against Germaine de Randamie this Saturday night on UFC 208. Online Prelims start at 6:30 PM ETPT / Main card begins at 10:00 PM ETPT.