Age gets the best of many MMA fighters and many combat sports athletes with time. However, one exception to this seems to be former Women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. Ahead of her fight against Yana Santos at UFC San Antonio, Holm has revealed that she has signed a new deal with the UFC.
Previously, Holm lost a close-fought split decision to Ketlen Viera in May last year. With some predicting that the 41-year-old will likely retire soon, news of her new contract has been surprising to some. She once shocked the world by delivering a stunning head-kick KO of then-champ Ronda Rousey. Thus, the UFC likely still has belief in the veteran fighter.
According to Holm’s longtime representative, Lenny Fresquez, the fighter has signed a brand new six-fight deal which was completed back in December 2022. Reportedly, Fresquez shared the news with the Albuquerque Journal. As per the representative, Holly could have received big money from other promotions as well.
However, the Bellator, LFC, and UFC fighter chose to sign over the dotted line with Dana White and Co. Moreover, Lenny and the rest of Holly’s team believe that The Preacher’s Daughter has one more title run left in her. As per Lenny, Holly is only two wins away from a title shot.
How much money has Holly Holm earned in her UFC Career?
Holly made her UFC debut in 2015 against Raquel Pennington. On the night Holm grabbed a split-decision victory and took home $50,000. This included her show money and win bonus of $25,000 each. Next up, Holly fought Marion Reneau, grabbing a unanimous decision victory, taking home $52,500 which included her to show and win bonus money along with a $2,500 Reebok sponsorship.
For arguably the biggest win of her career, Holm beat Ronda Rousey and earned $180,000. This comprised of her standard $50,000 to show and win, $50,000 Performance of the Night ad $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, and $30,000 in sponsorships. This is likely to have consisted of a Reebok sponsorship as per The Sports Daily.
Unfortunately, Holly would then go on to lose her next three fights to Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, and Germaine de Randamie. As such, Holly earned $540,000, $32,500, and $180,000 for each of the losses respectively. In her next fights, Holly won against Bethe Correia and Megan Anderson, earning $115,000 and $75,000, and lost to Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, making $380,000 and $330,000 in the process.
Following that, Holly won two consecutive fights against Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana, making $205,000 and $230,000, respectively. According to TOTALSPORTAL, Holm made $265,000 for her loss against Ketlen Vieira. This brings her total career earnings to $2,635,000 ($2.6 million) approximately. Although the details of her new contract are yet to be revealed, you can expect Holm to earn a similar amount or higher in her next fights.