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Ex-UFC Champ Holly Holm Among Class of 2022 Inductees into Boxing Hall of Fame



Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame next year.

The IBHOF announced on Tuesday that Holm will be enshrined as part of a three-day ceremony that also includes 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame members from June 9-12. In addition to Holm, one-time UFC competitor James Toney was also announced as a member of the IBHOF Hall of Fame class.

​“I feel very humbled and honored to be acknowledged amongst the greatest,” Holm said in a release. “I’m kind of speechless actually. I’m really excited.”

Holm compiled a 33-2-3 record in the Sweet Science, winning 14 championships in three weight classes over the course of an 11-year professional career. “The Preacher’s Daughter” was named “Female Fighter of the Year” by Ring Magazine in 2005 and 2006 and was a popular draw in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M.

Holm transitioned to MMA in 2011and won her first 10 bouts, culminating in a shocking KO of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 to claim bantamweight gold in November 2015. The 40-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA product is still going strong in the UFC after back-to-back decision wins over Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana in 2020.

Toney, meanwhile, went 77-10-3 in boxing, capturing titles in multiple divisions along the way. His foray into MMA was brief, as he was famously submitted by Randy Couture with an arm-triangle choke 3:19 into the opening round of their fight at UFC 118 on Aug. 28, 2010.

Holm and Toney are the first fighters with UFC experience to be inducted into the IBHOF Hall of Fame.

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