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Top Female Boxer Holly Holm Expecting to Make MMA Debut in 2011

Holly Holm is quietly considered the top pound-for-pound female boxer in the world, ranked thusly by publications like the influential BoxRec website.

The 28-year-old, who is 28-1 with three draws, and hasn't lost since 2004, has largely gone under the radar nationally in her own sport, but she may be transitioning into one that may be more interested in her arrival.

According to her manager Lenny Fresquez, Holm -- nicknamed "Hottie" -- will be testing out the waters in mixed martial arts in 2011.

"Holly's going to enter the MMA arena next year," Fresquez said after a press conference to announce a December boxing match. "We don't have anythig solid on that, but we are going to enter that, so my job is to make sure that I'm always planning for her future.

Holm's interest in MMA comes as little surprise. Her current boxing coach is Mike Winkeljohn, who is a partner with Greg Jackson in one of the most influential MMA gyms in the world, Jackson's/Winkeljohn's in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Holm actually began her combat sports training as a kickboxer, winning the national amateur kickboxing championship in 2001. She currently has a 22-fight unbeaten streak in boxing, and is a two-time Ring Magazine female fighter of the year.

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