Holly ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ Holm was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her introduction to boxing and kickboxing began during one of her aerobics workouts, when her cardio-kickboxing instructor, Mike Winkeljohn, noticed she had the potential to become a great professional fighter; so he began training her; and since then, she has held several welterweight boxing titles, named Ring Magazine’s Female Fighter of the Year in ‘05 and ’06, and most recently, she won the UFC’s Bantamweight Championship from Ronda Rousey, who Sports Illustrated labeled, ‘The World’s Most Dominant Athlete’.
A true boxing technician, Holm dismantled Rousey’s sloppy attacks by peppering the former champ’s face with stiff jabs, and by the end of round one, Rousey’s sympathetic face looked bruised and bloodied. Round two was one for the history books, when Holm pulled the upset of the year, maybe the century, when she put Rousey to sleep with a perfectly timed head kick, which was seen around the world; and what happened afterwards is the reason why movies are made.
After raising her hand in victory, Holm was in tears. The impossible obstacle wasn’t so impossible after all. The biggest fight of her life, she had won convincingly, but she didn’t gloat. She didn’t dwell on her victory by saying, “I told you so”. She took that opportune moment to thank her team, family, etc. She didn’t ridicule Rousey either, even though she could have because Rousey had previously been rude and nasty to her; but in return, she showed her defeated opponent love, respect and compassion; and while listening to the rest of her humbled speech, we noticed that Holm is definitely one of the sweetest people in the world, and she has the same adorable personality like Tess McGill—the downtrodden secretary, marvelously played by Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl”.
We saw the similarities in their cadences, and the choice of words they used when speaking; and while Holm was mentioning all of the hard work she had put in prior to her victory, we kinda felt like opening a box of Kleenex because it’s so rare that you see someone so sincere and humble, especially in the competitive world of mixed martial arts; and then during another post fight interview with FOX, Holm was asked, “How does it feel when you are walking out to the octagon, and no one believes—except for you and the four people walking with you to the octagon, how good does it feel to go back to your coaches, and say we did it?”
Holm got emotional again, and then she replied in her soft and adorable voice, “Oh my gosh, that you can’t explain. You know? It’s so much hard work, all the time in the gym. There’s so much belief, and their belief in me makes me want to do it for them. I can’t even explain how blessed I am, and how fortunate that I have such a great team that believes in me; and just walking out there, it’s us anyway. We’re the ones doing it. I’m the one who has to fight and they’re the ones that are giving me the advice. That’s what it comes down to. It doesn’t matter what the odds are on paper, or what happened before. It matters what happens that moment. There’s a lot of times in practice, there’s times before and after the fight when I get out there, I just think you know what, the times’ right now. You have to make it happen right now. Can’t be an hour ago, can’t be tomorrow, can’t be during practice, it has to be right now!”
Holm is definitely a positive role model, and in our humbled opinion, her story deserves to be told. Maybe, Twentieth Century Fox can do a sequel to “Working Girl” because Holm executed the perfect game plan against Rousey, just like Tess McGill did against Katharine Parker in ’88.