holly-holm-bellator-91

A signed contract held up by UFC President Dana White signals the start of Holly Holm‘s octagon career.

White today announced the popular fighter’s signing via Twitter, concluding several months of negotiations that started in earnest and then took a negative turn before cooler heads prevailed.

“Welcome to the UFC, @_HOLLYHOLM,” the executive wrote.

Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, said the striking specialist will next Tuesday see a doctor for a final prognosis on when she can make her debut. Her previous outing, which came this past April against Juliana Werner at Legacy FC 30, ended in another TKO victory and a bantamweight title, but also with a broken arm, which she suffered early in the bout before finishing her opponent.

Fresquez estimates Holm will make her UFC debut in late October or November, but declined to say whom she would first fight in the octagon. He did, however, say a title shot is not in her immediate future.

“She’s going to build up,” he said. “We need to prove ourselves in the UFC; we need to prove ourselves with a couple of fights. Whoever the UFC puts in front of us, we’ll knock ‘em down.”

Holm (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 32, brings an undefeated 7-0 record and a considerable amount of attention as an ex-champion boxer and popular draw in her native Albuquerque, N.M. She trains out of the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn’s MMA and has been seen trading punches and kicks with UFC champ Jon Jones.

Fresquez met with UFC executives following UFC 171 in March and said the experience was “positive” despite the two sides being far apart on compensation for Holm in the event of a title shot against UFC champ Ronda Rousey.

White reacted angrily to Fresqeuz’s characterization and said the UFC was no longer interested in Holm, but later reconsidered and came back to the negotiating table. Late this past month, White said the promotion was nearing a deal with the fighter despite stalled negotiations with retired MMA star Gina Carano.

Now, Holm is a bonafide member of the UFC’s bantamweight class, which is currently lacking a No. 1 contender following Rousey’s decimation of Alexis Davis at this past Saturday’s UFC 175.

While Holm might not be ready-made as a contender, Fresquez said the fighter will deliver as soon as she’s healthy.

“We’re very satisfied with what we negotiated, and right now, we just have to perform in the UFC,” he said.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

K-1 GP heavyweight champion, Ewerton Teixeira, signs with Bellator

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

Brazilian K-1 Japan champion, Ewerton Teixeira has a signed a contract with Bellator. Teixeira is 33 years old and undefeated in MMA. There is a new fighter in Bellator's heavyweight division. A form read news >>

Former Invicta FC atomweight champ Michelle Waterson signs with UFC

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

Former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson has signed with the UFC, where she’s expected to make the leap to flyweight.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson Signs with the UFC

  • 25 days ago
  • 11 views

Former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (12-4) has signed with the UFC to compete as a strawweight. read news >>

Bellator tourney winner 'Frodo' Khasbulaev signs with WSOF, promotion seeks opponent

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator MMA Season 8 featherweight tournament winner Magomedrasul Khasbulaev has signed a multi-fight deal with WSOF, and the promotion is now seeking an opponent to face him at June’s WSOF 21 event read news >>

Invicta's Michelle Waterson signs with UFC, faces Angela Magana in July

  • 23 days ago
  • 6 views

Michelle Waterson, known as "The Karate Hottie", has signed with the UFC to compete in the women's strawweight division. Invicta has lost another one of their stars to the UFC. Michelle Waterson, kno read news >>

Veteran slugger Melvin Guillard signs with Bellator

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 views

Veteran lightweight slugger Melvin Guillard, who’s recently competed for the UFC and WSOF, has signed with Bellator MMA.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, WSOF read news >>

Melvin Guillard signs multi-year, multi-fight contract with Bellator

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

Melvin Guillard has found a new home. Four days after being granted a release from World Series of Fighting, "The Young Assassin" has inked a multi-year, multi-fight contract with Bellator, the promo read news >>

Bellator MMA Inks UFC Vet Melvin Guillard to Multi-Fight Contract

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 views

Bellator MMA officials announced on Monday that they have signed Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (32-14-2) to a multi-year, multi-fight contract. read news >>

Lightweight Melvin Guillard signs with Bellator

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

Melvin Guillard's rocky World Series of Fighting tenure is now in the past as the lightweight has signed with Bellator. The next chapter in Melvin Guillard's up-and-down career will take place inside read news >>