Holly Holm, one of the most recognizable names in the UFC, has recently signed a new six-fight deal with the organization ahead of her upcoming bout in San Antonio. The deal is a testament to the fighter's enduring popularity and the faith that the UFC has in her ability to continue delivering exciting fights for fans.
Lenny Fresquez, the manager of the former world champion, had earlier this morning verified the information to MMA Fighting. The Albuquerque Journal published the announcement of the new agreement in its initial report.
The Albuquerque native has had an impressive career thus far, with notable victories over the likes of Ronda Rousey, Bethe Correia, and Megan Anderson. However, the former bantamweight champion is hungry for more and has her sights set on another title shot.
After her keynote performance opposite Ketlen Vieira in May of last year, "The Preacher's Daughter" has not performed. Holm believed that winning the match would guarantee her a crack at the title. Even though the decision was highly contentious, the Brazilian finally pulled off the shocker.
The former champion will compete on Saturday, almost a year after that loss. This weekend at UFC San Antonio, Holm will compete against Yana Santos in the co-main event. After losing by knockout to Irene Aldana at UFC 264 in July 2021, "Foxy" has not competed. Cory Sandhagen and Marlon Vera's five-round bantamweight fight is anticipated to be the main event of the night.
Fresquez announced the new deal along with additional information. With one or two more victories, Holm hopes to contend for the crown. It certainly wouldn't be hard to come up with the argument given the status of the women's bantamweight category right now. Overall, Holm has competed in five UFC title fights and has spent the last eight years consistently near the highest spot in the rankings.
“We expect to get a title shot with one or two more wins,” Fresquez said in a message to MMA Fighting.
Even though Holm did lose to Amanda Nunes, the current UFC bantamweight champion doesn't currently have many opponents lined up to challenge her. Nunes has been out of action since July 2022 when she reclaimed the 135-pound title with a decisive win over Julianna Pena at UFC 277. It may put Holm on Nunes' handful of prospective opponents in the future, but she must first defeat Santos on Saturday.
Fans of the UFC will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on Holm's upcoming fight against Aldana, as well as her future bouts in the octagon. With her new six-fight deal in place and a renewed hunger for championship gold, there's no telling what the future holds for this legendary fighter.