UFC signs Holly Holm as potential challenger to Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey’s recent blitz through the best Ultimate Fighting Championship competition has led the organization to recruit a new contender.

UFC President Dana White on Thursday posted on his Twitter account a signed contract and a photo of unbeaten Holly Holm (7-0), a former professional kickboxer and boxer whom Rousey has said she’d like to fight.

The 5-foot-8 Holm, 32, has six knockouts and one victory by decision in her mixed martial arts career.

White told The Times in a text message Thursday that he plans to give Holm at least one non-title fight before matching her against Rousey.

Venice’s Rousey (10-0) has won nine of her fights in the first round, and needed just 16 seconds to beat challenger Alexis Davis by technical knockout Saturday.


Rousey in February beat contender Sara McMann in 66 seconds.

Holm’s conversion to MMA has been supervised by respected Albuquerque trainers Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn.

White said he has not yet determined when Holm’s UFC debut will come. She most recently fought in April and suffered a broken arm.