Thursday, May 21, 2015

Holly Holm vs Marion Reneau added to July 15 UFC show

Holly Holm, Marion Reneau
It was announced on last night's episode of UFC Tonight and confirmed today that Holly Holm will face Marion Reneau on July 15 at Valley View Casino in San Diego. This show will air on Fox Sports 1 in the US and TSN in Canada. Holly is the former boxing champ turned MMA fighter who was ridiculously overhyped until she won a split decision over Raquel Pennington in her UFC debut. She was fortunate to win as she didn't look very good. If it smartens her up and she looks better in this fight, it might have been a good thing. I'm not so sure. Several fans asked me about Holly's lack of punching power. I've watched her box. She's never been a power puncher. But in MMA, it's a bigger problem because she has no ground game. Marion should be a stiff test. Holly is trained by Mike Winklejohn in New Mexico. I like how Marion submitted Jessica Andrade in her last fight. A win over a highly touted fighter like Holly would really move her up the ladder. The only problem with Marion is she's 38 years old so she needs to be on the fast track. I think she's more versatile than Holly. Marion is trained by Bellator fighter Doug Marshall.

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